Jan. 31, 2014
The Last Meeting
|No. 12/14 Minnesota||48
January 23, 2013
Northwestern Buries No. 12/14 Minnesota, 55-48
Northwestern used an aggressive 18-4 run during the second half to catch the Minnesota Golden Gophers and eventually build a nine-point lead as they picked up their second win over a ranked opponent this week with a 55-48 upset of the Big Ten foes.
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EVANSTON, Ill. -- The Big Ten's two first-year head coaches square off for the first time as Chris Collins and Northwestern travel to Williams Arena in Minneapolis to take on Richard Pitino's Minnesota squad. Tip-off is set for 1 p.m. Saturday.
The Wildcats won for the fourth time in their last six games Wednesday as they stunned No. 14/13 Wisconsin 65-56 in Madison. Drew Crawford led the way with a season-high 30 points, the third 30-point game of his career. Sanjay Lumpkin contributed a career-best 12 rebounds. NU limited the Badgers to 26.3 percent shooting in the contest and held the hosts without a field goal over a span of 12:15 in the second half. It marked the fourth time this season that the Wildcats have held a conference opponent below 30 percent shooting from the field.
Last Season: The teams split their series a year ago with each squad winning on its home court. Minnesota won 69-51 Jan. 6 in Minneapolis before NU posted a 55-48 victory in Evanston Jan. 23.
The Golden Gophers have been off since dropping an 82-78 decision at Nebraska last Saturday. Malik Smith paced Minnesota with 29 points.
Andre Hollins leads the team with an average of 15.4 points per game while Austin Hollins contributes 11.7 points and 6.3 rebounds per contest. Minnesota leads the Big Ten with an average of 8.2 steals per game and is first with a .750 team free throw percentage.
Richard Pitino is in his first season as head coach at Minnesota. He has career record of 33-20 in two seasons overall as a head coach.
TURNING IT AROUND
Northwestern's 36-point turnaround (-27, +9) between games with Wisconsin marks the Wildcats' largest turnaround between losing the first meeting of the season and winning the second since a 39-point change vs. Illinois (-28, +11) in 1994. The change vs. Wisconsin is the fifth-largest in NU's favor in school history but the largest in which the 'Cats lost the first meeting at home then won on the road.
Largest Head-to-Head Season Turnarounds in School History
49 vs. Michigan, 1977 (-37, +12)
43 vs. Michigan State, 1952 (-33, +10)
39 vs. Iowa, 1985 (-19, +20)
39 vs. Illinois, 1994 (-28, +11)
36 vs. Wisconsin, 2014 (-27, +9)
CRAWFORD TOPS NU RECORDBOOK
When Drew Crawford got the starting nod against Iowa Jan. 25 he became Northwestern's career leader in both games played and games started. Crawford's 132 games played to date surpassed the previous record of 130 held by John Shurna (2009-12), while his 131 starts bested the previous mark of 129 held by Michael Thompson (2008-11).
Crawford's Northwestern Career Ranks:
Games Played: 1st--132
Games Started: 1st--131
Field Goals: 3rd--635
Field Goal Attempts: 3rd--1,436
3-Point Field Goals: T-4th--212
3-Point Field Goal Attempts: 5th--598
Blocked Shots: 6th--93
LOCKING DOWN ON DEFENSE
Northwestern's defense has keyed the teams revival over the last six games. During that span dating back to Jan. 12, the Wildcats have held their foes to a combined 32.5 percent shooting (112-345). Indiana shot just 25.0 percent (15-60) in NU's 54-47 win Jan. 18. The mark was the lowest by a Northwestern Big Ten opponent since Michigan shot 22.2 percent in a 58-34 victory by the Wildcats on Feb. 4, 1999. Illinois' 43 points on Jan. 12 were the fewest by an NU conference foe since Minnesota in a 55-40 loss to the 'Cats on Jan. 20, 2007. Michigan State's 54 points on Jan. 15 were a season-low for the Spartans. Wisconsin's .263 field goal percentage Jan. 29 was its fourth-lowest in Bo Ryan's 13 seasons as head coach and its second-lowest in a home game (.222 vs. North Dakota State, 1/21/06). Over the last 30 years, this is the first time that Northwestern has held four Big Ten opponents below 30 percent shooting in a game.
Drew Crawford is the Big Ten's active leading scorer with 1,759 career points. The total ranks fourth in school history and is 46 points shy of Evan Eschmeyer (1995-99) for third place. Crawford ranks 15th nationally among all active Division I players. His 30-point performance at Wisconsin Jan. 29 marked a season high and was the highest point total by a Big Ten player at Kohl Center since Shannon Brown of Michigan State scored 31 Jan. 8, 2006. Crawford ranks eighth in the Big Ten in scoring (16.2 ppg) and fifth in rebounding (6.9 rpg). Michigan State's Adreian Payne is the only other Big Ten player to rank in the top 10 in both scoring and rebounding.
Active Division I Players with 1,700+ Points, 600+ Rebounds, 200+ 3-Point Field Goals
Name (Team) - Pts. - Reb. - 3-pt FG
Doug McDermott (Creighton) - 2,741 - 994 - 232
Torrey Craig (USC Upstate) - 1,906 - 863 - 271
Drew Crawford (Northwestern) - 1,759 - 653 - 212
Redshirt sophomore guard Tre Demps stepped up when the Wildcats needed him in each of their Big Ten victories. With the game tied and seven minutes remaining against Illinois Jan. 12, Demps nailed three consecutive 3-pointers during a 9-2 run that led the 'Cats to the win. Six days later, NU trailed Indiana by three with seven minutes to go when Demps scored the Wildcats' next 13 points during a 13-4 run that keyed another victory. Against Purdue on Jan. 21, Demps scored 11 of his 19 points in the final 3:11 of regulation or the two overtime sessions, including hitting game-tying 3-pointers with 3:11 to go in the second half and 1:36 to go in the first OT. He tallied seven of his 10 points during a decisive 30-9 second-half run that turned a six-point deficit into a 15-point lead at Wisconsin Jan. 29.
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 10.7 points per game, including scoring in double figures 14 times. Demps posted a career-best 23-point performance 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.
Major Conference Scoring Leaders Among Players Who Have Not Made a Start This Season
(courtesy STATS Inc.--through games Jan. 30)
Name (Team) Avg.
Ian Miller (Florida State) - 13.3
Phil Forte (Oklahoma State) - 13.0
Zach LaVine (UCLA) - 12.0
Jason Calliste (Oregon) - 11.8
Brady Heslip (Baylor) - 10.9
Tre Demps (Northwestern) - 10.7
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.
HITTING THE GLASS
Redshirt freshman Sanjay Lumpkin has been an effective rebounder so far this season. His average of 5.3 rebounds per game ranks second among all Big Ten freshmen, trailing only Indiana's Noah Vonleh (9.3 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. 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 four 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), ranked as the No. 66 national recruit by ESPN.com as well as a nominee for the McDonald's All-American Game. 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 has a mid-week bye before returning to action at home next Saturday against Nebraska. Tip-off is set for 12 p.m.
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