The Columbia Chronicle

Northwestern ends season on high-note

By Etheria Modacure

March 3, 2011

Northwestern University’s basketball team (17-12, 7-11 Big Ten) came into the season with high hopes of making its first NCAA tournament appearance in the college’s history. With the disappointments stemming from the season, the Wildcats were able to end it on a high note on March 2.After a string of injuries to their leading scorer, forward John Shurna, and struggling on scoring defense, the Wildcats were able to end th...

Northwestern down and out in Big Ten

By Etheria Modacure

February 25, 2011

After two consecutive victories over the University of Iowa and Indiana University, Northwestern University (16-11, 6-10 Big Ten) failed to sustain any momentum, losing to Penn State University (15-12, 8-8 Big Ten), 66-52 on Feb. 24.The Big Ten standings are in a log jam between fifth and ninth place as four teams are within two games of each other. The Penn State University Nittany Lions and Northwestern University Wildcat...

Northwestern, Illinois, not reaching high bar set at beginning of season

By Cristina Aguirre

February 14, 2011

During Big Ten Media Day on Oct. 28, 2010, expectations were high that seven conference teams could play in the NCAA tournament. The University of Illinois was hailed as a team with Final Four potential, Michigan State University was looking to claim a national championship and Northwestern University was on the verge of making its first tournament appearance.A month before the tournament begins, the outlook for these teams h...

Failure to meet high expectations in Big Ten

By Etheria Modacure

February 14, 2011

During Big Ten Media Day on Oct. 28, 2010, expectations were high for seven conference teams that could play in the NCAA tournament. The University of Illinois was hailed as a team with Final Four potential, Michigan State University was looking to claim a national championship and Northwestern University was on the verge of making its first tournament appearance.A month before the tournament begins, the outlook for these t...

Wildcats defeat Illinois 71-70

By Etheria Modacure

February 7, 2011

The Northwestern University Wildcats didn’t need much effort from its leading scorer, John Shurna defeating the University of Illinois Fighting Illini 71-70 on Feb. 5 in Evanston. The Wildcats (14-8, 4-7) were led by senior guard Micheal “Juice” Thompson who scored a game-high of 22 points against Illinois (15-8, 5-5).Shurna, who sat out during the Wildcats previous game against Ohio State University on Jan. 29 after suf...

Wildcats bounce back against Wolverines

By Etheria Modacure

January 20, 2011

The Northwestern Wildcats wasted no time scoring against the University of Michigan Wolverines on Jan. 18 at Welsh-Ryan Arena. After losing to Michigan State University in overtime on Jan. 15, the Wildcats (12-5, 3-4) were able to bounce back with a 74-60 victory over Michigan (11-8, 1-5) on Jan. 18.Guard John Shurna led all scorers with 24 points, with 22 scored in the first half. He shot 8-of-14 from the field and collected e...

Hoosiers new bottom-feeders of the Big Ten

By Etheria Modacure

January 10, 2011

After losing its first three Big Ten conference games, the Northwestern University Wildcats got a much-needed victory over the Indiana University Hoosiers, 93-81, on Jan. 9.The Wildcats used a balanced offensive attack to force the Hoosiers out of its defensive position that yielded easy baskets. The Wildcats outscored the Hoosiers 20-12 in the paint, and ended the game with 34 total points in the post.The Wildcats forced them...

Wildcats come up short against Spartans

By Etheria Modacure

January 6, 2011

For Northwestern University to make its first NCAA appearance in college history, they will need to have victories against ranked teams within the Big Ten. The Wildcats didn’t help their tournament resume on Jan. 3 because they lost to the #19 ranked Michigan State University Spartans 65-62 in front of a sellout crowd of 8,117 at Welsh-Ryan Arena.The Spartans limited Northwestern to shooting 31 percent throughout the game and we...

Shurna dunks all over Blue Jays

By Etheria Modacure

November 29, 2010

John Shurna proved he may be one of the top offensive scorers in college basketball when he scored a game high 23 points in Northwestern University’s 65-52 victory against the Creighton University Bluejays.Shurna and guard Michael “Juice” Thompson combined for 41 points on Nov. 28 to lead the Wildcats to a tightly contested victory against a team some experts predict could be on the bubble before the NCAA tournament.Af...

Big Ten Men’s Basketball 2010-2011

By Etheria Modacure

November 8, 2010

With the NCAA Men’s Division I basketball season about to kick off, the Big Ten conference is ahead of most of its competition, with five schools ranked in the top 25 ESPN/USA Today Coaches poll. The conference hopes to send a handful of schools to the NCAA Tournament in March as it remains one of the most competitive leagues in college basketball.The Big Ten leads all conferences with three teams ranked in the top 10 of the...

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