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  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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 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.

  • Defense carries Northwestern past Indiana 54-47 Jan 18, 2014 4:39 PM
    Tre Demps scored 13 of his 15 points in the second half and Northwestern defeated Indiana 54-47 on Saturday. Drew Crawford added 17 points and 11 rebounds as the Wildcats (9-10, 2-4 Big Ten) won their first Big Ten road game since Jan. 17, 2013, at Illinois.

  • Clark the Cub: Maybe not the worst mascot ever Jan 16, 2014 12:50 PM
    Worst mascot ever? Burt Constable thinks Clark the Cub has plenty of competition. And they all seem better than his old high school's mascot.

  • Harris leads Spartans past Northwestern 54-40 Jan 15, 2014 10:00 PM
    Gary Harris scored 14 points and No. 4 Michigan State beat Northwestern 54-40 on Wednesday night for its ninth straight win.The preseason favorite to win the Big Ten, the Spartans (16-1, 5-0 Big Ten) continue to roll along, although it was hardly an easy night for them. They overcame a sluggish start and pulled away down the stretch even though they struggled in a big way from the outside.

  • Mike North video: Expect success from Chris Collins at NU Jan 15, 2014 11:08 AM
    Former Northwestern men’s basketball coach Bill Carmody was given more than 10 years at NU, but Mike North says you can expect Chris Collins to make things happen there in 3 years.

  • Wildcats win at home against Illinois Jan 12, 2014 10:37 PM
    A Big Ten classic it was not, but first-year Northwestern coach Chris Collins was thrilled to bag his first conference win - a 49-43 decision over cold-shooting Illinois Sunday night at Welsh-Ryan Arena.

  • No. 20 Iowa beats Northwestern 93-67 Jan 10, 2014 12:40 AM
    Aaron White had 18 points and 10 rebounds, Melsahn Basabe added 16 points with 10 boards and No. 20 Iowa routed Northwestern 93-67 Thursday night.

  • No. 4 Wisconsin cruises past Northwestern 76-49 Jan 2, 2014 8:40 PM
    Freshman reserve Nigel Hayes had a career-high 19 points and No. 4 Wisconsin remained unbeaten with an easy 76-49 victory over Northwestern in their Big Ten opener Thursday night. Hayes went 8 for 12 from the field and had six rebounds while showing a nice combination of power and finesse. The prize recruit is averaging 15.3 points in his last three games.

  • DePaul beats Northwestern at the buzzer Dec 27, 2013 11:54 PM
    Billy Garrett Jr. scored the game-winning basket as time expired to lift DePaul to a 57-56 win over Northwestern on Friday night. A 3-pointer with 4.9 seconds left had given Northwestern (7-6) a 56-55 lead. Sandi Marcius finished with 12 points and Cleveland Melvin added 11 for DePaul (8-5).

  • For women’s sports, 2013 loaded with great stories Dec 27, 2013 6:13 PM
    Patricia Babcock McGraw reviews the top women's sports stories of 2013, touching on international soccer, the LPGA, the WNBA, college volleyball, pro tennis and college basketbal.

  • Bolingbrook DB to enroll at Northwestern Dec 20, 2013 8:24 PM
    Parrker Westphal, a defensive back from Bolingbrook, has committed to play for Northwestern. The school announced Friday that Westphal will enroll in the winter quarter and be eligible to participate in spring practice.

  • After leaving Bears, Roach a leader in Oakland Dec 14, 2013 8:22 PM
    Ex-Bears and Northwestern linebacker Nick Roach is having a successful first season as the Raiders’ middle linebacker, as Michael Wilkening explains in his NFL Tracker column.

  • NC State beats Northwestern 69-48 Dec 4, 2013 10:39 PM
    T.J. Warren scored 22 points to help North Carolina State beat Northwestern 69-48 on Wednesday night in the Big Ten/ACC Challenge. Ralston Turner added 13 points for the Wolfpack (5-2), who led nearly all night and by as many as 23 points after halftime. N.C. State shot 46 percent to win its third straight overall, while the win against Northwestern (4-5) stopped a five-game losing streak in the annual interconference matchup.

  • Northwestern closes with 37-34 win over Illinois Nov 30, 2013 7:20 PM
    Northwestern quarterback Trevor Siemian threw for 414 yards and four touchdowns and Christian Jones caught 13 balls for 182 yards and two touchdowns to lead the Wildcats past Illinois 37-34 Saturday in the finale for both teams.

  • Illini, Wildcats playing for trophy, pride Nov 29, 2013 4:51 PM
    Northwestern started the season with Big Ten-title ambitions and spent time this fall in Top 25. Illinois spent the last three months trying to show some kind of progress, anything better that the two wins it had in 2012. Each has four wins and is assured of a losing season as the Illini host the Wildcats on Saturday. The finale means something different for each.

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