Jan. 4, 2014
EVANSTON, Ill.-- Northwestern hits the road for the first time in Big Ten play as it travels to defending national runner-up Michigan on Sunday. Tip-off is set for 11 a.m. Central time with Big Ten Network is providing live television coverage.
Sophomore center Alex Olah tallied a career-high 23 points on 10-of-14 shooting from the field but the Wildcats dropped their Big Ten opener to No. 4/5 Wisconsin 76-49 on Thursday. NU played the Badgers even in the second half, but a 26-point halftime deficit was too much for the Wildcats to overcome as they shot just 34.5 percent from the field in the contest.
Redshirt senior forward Drew Crawford enjoyed one of the highlights of his career as a freshman at Michigan. Crawford finished with 25 points, including scoring 11 straight during a first-half run that helped NU rally back from a 17-point deficit for a 68-62 victory Jan. 10, 2010.
Last Season: Michigan won both meetings with Northwestern, 94-66 Jan. 3 in Evanston and 68-46 Jan. 30 in Ann Arbor.
The Wolverines got 15 points from Zak Irvin and 14 from Jon Horford off the bench as they edged Minnesota for a 63-60 road win Thursday night. Nik Stauskas added 14 points and seven assists.
Stauskas leads the team with an average of 17.8 points per game while shooting 46.2 percent from 3-point range. Glenn Robinson III contributes 13.5 points per contest. Michigan leads the Big Ten with an average of 8.9 3-point field goals per game.
John Beilein has a 121-89 record in seven seasons as the head coach at Michigan, a 424-264 mark in 23 seasons as a Division I head coach and a 682-407 ledger in 36 years overall as a collegiate head coach.
I JUST CAME TO SAY OLAH
Sophomore center Alex Olah posted an impressive performance in Northwestern's Big Ten opener against No. 4/5 Wisconsin Jan. 2. Olah connected on 10 of 14 field goal attempts, including 10 of 12 inside the 3-point line, in scoring a career-best 23 points. After shooting 41.5 percent from the field as a freshman, he currently ranks sixth in the Big Ten at 56.2 percent this season.
Drew Crawford is the Big Ten's active leading scorer with 1,625 career points. The total ranks fifth in school history and is 64 points behind Michael Thompson (2008-11) for fourth place. Crawford missed most of last season due to injury and returned to the Northwestern lineup with a vengeance in the season-opener against Eastern Illinois, hitting five 3-pointers and scoring a game-high 25 points. The point total was the highest by a Wildcat in a season-opener since John Shurna scored 31 in a victory at Northern Illinois Nov. 12, 2010. Crawford ranks ninth in the Big Ten in scoring (16.4 ppg) and sixth in rebounding (7.8 ppg). Adreian Payne of Michigan State is the only other Big Ten player to rank in the top 10 in the league in both categories.
Active Division I Players with 1,600 Career Points and 600 Career Rebounds
(through games played Jan. 2 -- courtesy STATS, Inc.)
Name (Team) - Points - Reb.
Doug McDermott (Creighton) - 2,532 - 939
Cleveland Melvin (DePaul) - 1,673 - 675
Javon McCrea (Buffalo) - 1,644 - 798
Drew Crawford (Northwestern) - 1,625 - 608
Augustine Rubit (S. Alabama) - 1,625 - 1,024
DOUBLE YOUR PLEASURE
When Drew Crawford (26 points, 10 rebounds) and Sanjay Lumpkin (13 points, 10 rebounds) both posted double-doubles against Mississippi Valley State Dec. 16, it marked the first time that Northwestern teammates posted double-doubles in the same game since John Shurna (21 points, 13 rebounds) and Luka Mirkovic (11 points, 11 rebounds) accomplished the feat in a 53-44 win over Texas-Pan American Jan. 7, 2010.
After sitting out all of last season, JerShon Cobb has been impressive in his return to the court. Cobb handed out a career-high eight assists in the Wildcats' season-opener vs. Eastern Illinois. He followed up the performance by scoring 19 points at Stanford Nov. 14 and then scored 19 again vs. Illinois State Nov. 17. Cobb's 11 free throws and 14 attempts against the Redbirds were both career highs. The 14 attempts were the most by a Northwestern player since Jitim Young had 15 vs. Michigan State on March 12, 2004. Cobb also posted a career-best 12 rebounds in a win at UIC Nov. 20 and knocked down the game-winning shot with 2.3 seconds remaining in a 63-61 win over IUPUI Nov. 22. His 22 points vs. Missouri Nov. 28 and again the following day vs. UCLA were two shy of his career high achieved vs. Minnesota on March 8, 2012.
As previously noted, Drew Crawford has been both an effective scorer and rebounder this season. In a victory over Mississippi Valley State on Dec. 16, Crawford posted 26 points and 10 rebounds. He followed up the effort with 24 points and 11 boards in a win over Brown on Sunday. Crawford is the first Wildcat to post 20+ points and 10+ rebounds in consecutive games since Jitim Young had 23 points and 12 rebounds vs. Indiana and 25 points and 10 rebounds vs. Wisconsin on Feb. 5 and 8, respectively, of 2003.
BOOST OFF THE BENCH
Tre Demps has provided Northwestern with some scoring punch off the bench so far this season. The redshirt sophomore is averaging 10.5 points per game, including scoring in double figures eight times in the team's 14 games. Demps scored a career-best 23 points against DePaul Dec. 27. The point total was the highest in a game by a Northwestern player off the bench since Cedric Neloms scored 25 vs. Ohio State on Feb. 10, 1993.
Big Ten Non-Starter Scoring Leaders
(through games played Jan. 2)
Name (Team) - Avg.
Jarrod Uthoff (Iowa) - 10.9
Tre Demps (Northwestern) - 10.5
Malik Smith (Minnesota) - 9.9
Deverell Biggs (Nebraska) - 9.6
Bryson Scott (Purdue) - 9.3
HITTING THE GLASS
Redshirt freshman Sanjay Lumpkin has been an effective rebounder so far this season. His average of 5.4 rebounds per game ranks second among all Big Ten freshmen, trailing only Indiana's Noah Vonleh (9.5 rpg). Lumpkin notched his first career double-figure rebounding game on Nov. 17 vs. Illinois State. His 11 rebounds were the most by an NU freshman since Drew Crawford had 12 in an NIT game at Rhode Island March 17, 2010. He followed it up with 10 boards at UIC, which coupled with 10 points gave him his first collegiate double-double. Lumpkin is the first NU player with double-figure rebounds in consecutive games since Crawford vs. Purdue (10) and at Rhode Island March 12 and 17 of 2010. A second double-double followed for Lumpkin against Mississippi Valley State Dec. 16, posting 13 points and 10 boards. Lumpkin is the first NU freshman to post 10+ rebounds in three or more games since Evan Eschmeyer had four during the 1995-96 season.
COLLINS INKS STELLAR RECRUITING CLASS
Head coach Chris Collins hit the ground running in terms of recruiting in his first season with the Wildcats. Northwestern inked four individuals during November's early signing period with the class currently ranking No. 25 nationally according to ESPN.com. The class is headlined by forward Vic Law (South Holland, Ill./St. Rita) who ESPN.com has ranked as the No. 66 national recruit. Law is rated as a four-star recruit, as is guard Bryant McIntosh (Greensburg, Ind./Greensburg). The other signees to date include forward Gavin Skelly (Westlake, Ohio/Westlake) and guard Scottie Lindsey (Oak Park, Ill./Fenwick), both rated three-star recruits.
Northwestern travels to No. 22/23 Iowa on Thursday, Jan. 9. Tip-off is set for 8 p.m. with ESPNU providing live television coverage.
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