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  • No. 11 seed Northwestern upsets Iowa, 67-62 Mar 13, 2014 10:51 PM
    Tre Demps had 20 points, including four 3-pointers and Drew Crawford added 15 points and six assists to lead 11th-seeded Northwestern to a 67-62 victory over No. 6 Iowa in the Big Ten Tournament Thursday night. The Wildcats (14-18) became the first 11th-seed to win in the Big Ten tournament.

     
  • Crawford lifts Northwestern over Purdue 74-65 Mar 9, 2014 3:25 PM
    Northwestern had a message to send before the start of the Big Ten Tournament this week. “People pretty much left us for dead and rightfully so,” Coach Chris Collins said after Sunday’s 74-65 win over Purdue. “We haven’t played well. Our goal was to come in here and to let everyone know that we’re not done and we’re not going to stop fighting to the finish and we did that.”

     
  • Penn State smothers Northwestern 59-32 Mar 6, 2014 9:23 PM
    A stifling defensive effort by Penn State against Northwestern Thursday at Welsh-Ryan Arena was exactly what the Nittany Lions needed. The Wildcats had no answer for Penn State’s zone defense as the Nittany Lions cruised to a 59-32 win.

     
  • Shields leads Nebraska over Northwestern 54-47 Mar 1, 2014 7:50 PM
    Shavon Shields had 17 points and 10 rebounds to lead Nebraska, which took a 10-point lead with 7 minutes left and held on to defeat Northwestern 54-47 Saturday. With the win, Nebraska (17-11, 9-7 Big Ten) is guaranteed a .500 conference record, a Big Ten first for the Huskers, now in their third season in the conference. Nebraska won nine conference games for the first time since 1998-99 and only the 10th time since World War II.

     
  • Hearings on college football union end Feb 25, 2014 9:45 PM
    Hearings on Northwestern football players’ bid to form the nation’s first union for college athletes have concluded with three former players testifying for the university.

     
  • Indiana snaps skid, beats Northwestern 61-56 Feb 22, 2014 10:28 PM
    Indiana got scoring from five different players during an 18-4 run midway through the game, then held on for a 61-56 win over Northwestern on Saturday night. Indiana’s Yogi Ferrell, Troy Williams, Noah Vonleh and Will Sheehey each had 12 points as the Hoosiers (15-11, 5-8 Big Ten) ended a three-game losing streak and extended Northwestern’s (12-16, 5-10) slide to five.

     
  • Northwestern coach testifies against unionization Feb 21, 2014 5:38 PM
    Northwestern coach Pat Fitzgerald testified for three hours Friday about a push by his players to form the nation’s first union for college athletes, sometimes putting himself awkwardly at odds with his senior quarterback. Fitzgerald answered questions before the National Labor Relations Board, which must decide in coming weeks if the football players qualify as employees under U.S. law.

     
  • Northwestern falls to Ohio State 76-60 in chippy game Feb 19, 2014 8:50 PM
    LaQuinton Ross scored 16 points before being ejected after a scuffle, leading No. 24 Ohio State to a 76-60 victory over Northwestern on Wednesday night. The fracas late in the game delayed play for several minutes while the officials deliberated penalties for the players. Northwestern’s Nikola Cerina also was ejected. The teams shot 10 free throws as a result of the shoving match.

     
  • Wildcats grounded by Gophers at home Feb 16, 2014 9:58 PM
    Minnesota’s DeAndre Mathieu got rolling in the second half, while Northwestern got shut down. Mathieu scored 13 of his 18 points in the final 20 minutes and the Gophers came back to defeat the cold-shooting Wildcats 54-48 on Sunday. Maurice Walker and Andre Hollins each had eight points for the Gophers (17-9, 6-7 Big Ten), who won for just the second time in six games and ended a five-game road losing streak. Minnesota also avenged a 55-54 loss to Northwestern at Minneapolis on Feb. 1 and ended a five-game losing streak at Evanston dating to February 2008. The Wildcats (12-14, 5-8) played the tight defensive game they wanted in the first half and led by as many as seven points in the opening 20 minutes. They settled for a 28-25 lead at halftime after Mathieu swished in a 3-pointer with 3 seconds left. “The 3 kind of got my confidence going a little bit and coach kind of lit a fire under me at halftime,” Mathieu said. “He’s kind of good at getting me going even though he shouldn’t have to.” Then Minnesota’s defense doomed Northwestern, which lost its third straight. The Wildcats went just 7 for 28 from the floor in the second half and missed nine straight field goal attempts until Tre Demps dumped in a layup with 10 seconds left. “Obviously a great, great defensive performance,” Minnesota coach Richard Pitino said. “Just team defensive wise did a great job.” Northwestern’s JerShon Cobb scored on 5 of 7 3-point attempts and led Northwestern with a season-high 23 points. Alex Olah added 10. Northwestern leading scorer, Drew Crawford, had 11 rebounds but was held to just two points on 1-for-15 shooting. He didn’t connect until his ninth shot at 4:54 into the second half. “Drew Crawford going 1-15, it’s a testament to (Minnesota guard) Daquein McNeil,” Pitino said. “He did an unbelievable job off the bench and Austin Hollins, as well as our five men did a really good job.” For the game, Northwestern shot only 30.2 percent while Minnesota shot 46.3 percent. Northwestern was unable to cash in on 17 Minnesota turnovers. “If you hold a team to 54 points and (they) turn it over 17 times, you should be in a great position to win,” Northestern coach Chris Collins said. “We just couldn’t score enough points. “I thought they did a great job on both Drew and Tre (Demps), which took away our rhythm. Your defense can only hold up so long.” Andre Hollins nailed a 3-pointer from the left side 2:16 into the second half to put Minnesota ahead 32-31 and set up a tight, back-and-forth period. Neither team led by more than three points through the first 16 minutes of a scrappy second frame. Minnesota pulled ahead 49-44 when Austin Hollins hit a 3-pointer with 3:09 left. Neither team scored again until a free throw by Minnesota’s Malik Smith with 27 seconds left made it 50-44. A pair of free throws by Northwestern’s Kale Abrahamson with 15 seconds left cut it to 50-46 and gave the Wildcats a glimmer of hope. But Mathieu hit two shots from the line a second later to ice it. The Wildcats scored on just two of their first 11 shots from the floor, but set the tone for most of the first half with a deliberate half-court attack and tight defensive play that led to 10 Minnesota turnovers. Northwestern used a 9-2 spurt midway through the period to take the lead and moved ahead by as many as seven, but settled for the 28-25 halftime advantage. Northwestern opened its biggest lead of the half, 26-19 when Cobb connected on the third of his 3-pointers. He led the Wildcats with 13 points in the period, going 3 for 4 from beyond the arc and 4 for 6 overall from the floor. Northwestern’s Alex Olah tied it 44-all on a free throw with 7:10 left to complete a three-point play. Minnesota went ahead for good at 45-44 on Walker’s free throw less than a minute later. Olah left the game in the final minute with an ankle injury. Collins did not know how severe it was.

     
  • No. 9 Michigan State beats Northwestern 85-70 Feb 13, 2014 10:10 PM
    dreian Payne had 20 points and 14 rebounds, and No. 9 Michigan State cruised past Northwestern 85-70 on Thursday night to stay tied atop the Big Ten. The Spartans (21-4, 10-2) are even in the standings with rival Michigan — and those two teams meet in Ann Arbor on Feb. 23.

     
  • Petteway leads Nebraska past Northwestern, 53-49 Feb 8, 2014 3:40 PM
    Terran Petteway scored 17 points, and Nebraska overcame a slow start to beat Northwestern 53-49 on Saturday. Walter Pitchford added 15 points, nailing three 3-pointers, and the Cornhuskers (12-10, 4-6 Big Ten) picked themselves up after getting blown out by Michigan earlier in the week.

     
  • Mike North video: Chris Collins making a difference at NU Feb 6, 2014 10:10 AM
    Northwestern University basketball is doing something different under first-year head coach Chris Collins; they are playing defense, which they never played with Bill Carmody.

     
  • Sad to say, but signing day matters to me Feb 5, 2014 10:38 PM
    Mike Imrem says the circus that has become national signing day in college football is disgusting. But yet he still woke up early and immediately tuned into it as if it mattered in the wide scope of world events?

     
  • Northwestern lands 15 players Feb 5, 2014 5:21 PM
    Northwestern coach Pat Fitzgerald sounded almost giddy as he looked toward the future and unveiled the latest recruiting class. The Wildcats officially added 15 players Wednesday on national signing day as they try to pick themselves up from a disappointing season, including quarterback Clayton Thorson of Wheaton.

     
  • Northwestern grounds Gophers 55-54 Feb 1, 2014 4:03 PM
    Drew Crawford scored 17 points and JerShon Cobb pitched in 15 points to help Northwestern win its third game in a row on the road, 55-54 over Minnesota on Saturday. Tre Demps had 11 points for the Wildcats (12-11, 5-5 Big Ten), who moved into fourth place in the conference with their fifth victory in their last seven games. The Gophers (15-7, 4-5) had the ball at the end, but DeAndre Mathieu’s layup was short and Mo Walker’s putback was off, too, before the final buzzer went off. Walker scored 14 points and Austin Hollins had 13 points, six rebounds and three steals, but the Gophers went 3 for 14 from 3-point range, 5 for 9 from the free-throw line and missed multiple short shots down the stretch. Hollins, the senior swingman who has been quiet in Big Ten play, gave the Gophers a big lift in the second half. His 3-pointer from the corner tied the game at 40, after they missed nine of their first 10 behind-the-arc attempts, and his dunk made it 50-all. Demps coolly swished a tiebreaking 3-pointer with 55 seconds left, but Mathieu answered with a layup to pull Minnesota within one point. Demps airballed a jump shot on the next possession, setting the Gophers up for the win. But they fell for the second straight game, coming off an 82-78 loss at Nebraska last Sunday. Northwestern’s last three-game Big Ten road winning streak, according to the Big Ten Network, was 54 years ago. After losing six nonconference contests -- no other team in the league dropped more than four this season -- the Wildcats have come to life under first-year head coach Chris Collins. Facing Wisconsin, Michigan and Iowa was a brutal way to start Big Ten play, but they soon found their niche and surged up the standings. Despite entering the weekend last in the conference in scoring, shooting and rebounding margin, the Wildcats have already beaten Illinois and Wisconsin, both ranked in the Associated Press Top 25 at the time, and at Indiana’s intimidating Assembly Hall. Northwestern limited its lasts six opponents to a cumulative 32.5 shooting percentage from the floor, including a 26.3 mark for Wisconsin in Madison earlier this week. Crawford, the Big Ten’s active leading scorer, has been the catalyst, of course, with 67 points over the last three games. He had two of the five 3-pointers the Wildcats made in their first eight attempts of the first half, a big reason they were able to build a lead and maintain a 32-29 edge at the break. The Gophers used an 18-4 run to get right back in the game, though, and Walker was their go-to guy in the post again. They had a 36-14 advantage in points in the paint, despite the key misses from close range in the second half. But Minnesota was certainly feeling the absence of leading scorer Andre Hollins again. Their junior shooting guard sat out for essentially the third straight game, and after dominating Wisconsin here without him they had trouble defending the perimeter at Nebraska and with creating their own shots against Northwestern. After matching his career high with 29 points on 8-for-12 shooting from 3-point range against Nebraska, Malik Smith went 1 for 9 from behind the arc to finish with seven points in this game. The Gophers, who lead the Big Ten in free-throw shooting, were only 16 for 25 from the line at Nebraska as well. Minnesota has lost five of the last eight games against Northwestern, averaging just over 55 points in those defeats.

     
  • Northwestern upsets No. 14 Wisconsin 65-56 Jan 30, 2014 12:16 AM
    Drew Crawford scored a season-high 30 points, JerShon Cobb added all 10 of his points in the second half and Northwestern upset cold-shooting No. 14 Wisconsin 65-56 on Wednesday night. It was Northwestern’s first win over the Badgers in Madison since 1996.

     
  • NU players organize to shine light on broken system Jan 28, 2014 7:23 PM
    University administrators have only themselves to blame for Northwestern football players petitioning to have a union represent them. The problem isn't that these athletes aren't paid. It's that so much more is being asked of them.

     
  • Northwestern athletes lead push for college player union Jan 28, 2014 5:35 PM
    Calling the NCAA a "dictatorship," a handful of Northwestern football players announced Tuesday they are forming the first labor union for college athletes — one they hope will eventually represent players nationwide. Quarterback Kain Colter detailed the College Athletes Players Association at a news conference in Chicago, flanked by leaders of United Steelworkers union, who are ending their organizing expertise to the effort. Colter said the NCAA dictates terms to its hundreds of member schools and thousands of college athletes, leaving players with little or no say about financial compensation questions or how to improve their own safety.

     
  • Northwestern can't keep up with Iowa, falls 76-50 Jan 25, 2014 3:44 PM
    Northwestern isn’t on the level of No. 10 Iowa. That was apparent Saturday. Drew Crawford had 20 points for the Wildcats in a 76-50 loss to the Hawkeyes. Northwestern (10-11, 3-5 Big Ten) had won three of four but never led and couldn’t keep up with Iowa, which outscored them 46-26 in the second half. The Wildcats only shot 36.4 percent from the field (20 of 55).

     
  • Northwestern beats Purdue 63-60 in double OT Jan 21, 2014 11:25 PM
    Drew Crawford scored 19 points and blocked the potential tying 3-pointer at the buzzer to lead Northwestern to a 63-60 double-overtime victory over Purdue hours after a shooting on the Boilermakers’ campus on Tuesday. Crawford scored four points in the second OT and delivered the big block on Ronnie Johnson off an inbounds pass as time expired to preserve the win.

     
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