Northwestern Wildcats

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    • Northwestern’s offense wasn’t just ugly, it was lazy, too
      Inside Northwestern

      Northwestern’s offense wasn’t just ugly, it was lazy, too

      On the long and dark stretch of road back from Champaign that had followed a long and dark stretch of Northwestern basketball, I posed a question to one of my friends sitting across the aisle on the student bus the athletic department had graciously provided. I hadn’t been at the State Farm Center as a member of the media but rather just as a fan, with a free ride and ticket in hand, so I didn’t have any stats with me. “How many shots did Northwestern make in the second half?” We started with recency bias: “Well Taphorn hit that three at the end.” From there, we guessed. “BMac must’ve had a floater or two.” “Pardon had a putback maybe.” “Brown knocked down a jumper.” “Skelly played well, I think

    • Pressure's on for Northwestern with first NCAA tournament bid in sight
      USA Today

      Pressure's on for Northwestern with first NCAA tournament bid in sight

      EVANSTON, Ill. — For so long, all Chris Collins could do was sell himself — and his idea of what Northwestern basketball could be. A perennial NCAA tournament team, chasing the occasional Sweet 16. A program with top-of-the-line facilities that could win over local recruits normally headed out of state. A team that played like it expected to win games, instead of just clinging to hope. At that point, nearly four years ago, Collins didn’t have much else to sell. He’d never been a head coach before, but his pedigree and experiences — his father, Doug Collins, an NBA mainstay, and his career both as a player and assistant coach for Mike Krzyzewski at Duke — lent some credibility to the new, young