Feb. 21, 2014
The Last Meeting
January 18, 2014
EVANSTON, Ill. -- Northwestern looks to continues its recent success against Indiana on Saturday at the teams square off at Welsh-Ryan Arena. Tip-off is set for 7:15 p.m.
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The Wildcats have won seven of the last 10 meetings. NU won three straight vs. the Hoosiers at home prior to a 67-59 loss to second-ranked Indiana a year ago.
The 'Cats are aiming to snap a four-game losing skid, includng a 76-60 loss at No. 24/23 Ohio State on Wednesday. Drew Crawford paced all scorers with 22 points while Tre Demps added 14 off the bench. Northwestern led by as many as nine in the first half before Ohio State rallied to take a four-point halftime lead then pulled away early in the second stanza.
Last Meeting: Northwestern ended the game on a 19-9 run as it earned a 54-47 victory over Indiana in Bloomington Jan. 18. NU held the Hoosiers to 25 percent shooting. Drew Crawford posted 17 points and 12 rebounds while Tre Demps scored 13 of his 15 points over the final 6:31 of play.
The Hoosiers had their home contest against Iowa postponed on Tuesday. Indiana dropped its most recent contest 82-64 at Purdue last Saturday. Yogi Ferrell led the team with 27 points.
Ferrell leads the Big Ten with an average of 17.9 points per game to go along with 3.9 assists per contest. Freshman Noah Vonleh's average of 9.5 rebounds per game ranks first in the league.
Tom Crean is in his sixth season as the head coach at Indiana where he has a 98-93 record. He has a career record of 288-189 in 15 seasons overall as a head coach.
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 136 games played to date surpassed the previous record of 130 held by John Shurna (2009-12), while his 135 starts bested the previous mark of 129 held by Michael Thompson (2008-11).
Crawford's Northwestern Career Ranks:
Games Played: 1st--137
Games Started: 1st--136
Minutes Played: 2nd--4,394
Field Goals: 3rd--661
Field Goal Attempts: 3rd--1,503
3-Point Field Goals: 4th--222
3-Point Field Goal Attempts: 5th--627
Blocked Shots: 6th--95
DOING IT WITH DEFENSE
Northwestern's defense has keyed the team's revival. Dating back to Jan. 12, the Wildcats have held their foes to a combined 38.4 percent shooting. 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 (Illinois, Indiana, Purdue, Wisconsin) below 30 percent shooting in a game.
CRAWFORD NAMED FIRST-TEAM ACADEMIC ALL-AMERICAN
Northwestern graduate student Drew Crawford was named to the Capital One Academic All-America First Team on Thursday. He is the first Wildcat men's basketball player selected to the first team since Shon Morris in 1988. Crawford was previously named to the second team as a junior in 2012. He is the fourth first-team selection for NU in school history, joining Jim Burns (1967), Mike Campbell (1980) and Morris (1987, 1988). Crawford earned his bachelor's degree in economics in June and is currently working towards his master's degree in sports administration.
HOT AGAINST THE HOOSIERS
The Wildcats' win at Indiana on Jan. 18 may be surprising to some, but the victory actually followed a recent trend. The win was NU's seventh in the last 10 meetings between the schools going back to the 2008-09 season. Over that span, Northwestern has won three of five contests at Assembly Hall in Bloomington.
Northwestern has already racked up a number of impressive Big Ten road wins in some places where it's difficult to succeed. The 'Cats posted a 54-47 victory at Indiana's hallowed Assembly Hall Jan. 18 before notching a 65-56 win at Wisconsin's Kohl Center Jan. 29. The Badgers' home loss was just their 20th in Bo Ryan's 13 seasons at the helm, including only the 13th by a Big Ten team. UW had been 68-4 vs. unranked league foes under Ryan. The 'Cats followed up the win in Madison with a 55-54 victory at Minnesota three days later, NU's first win in Minneapolis since 2007.
Drew Crawford is the Big Ten's active leading scorer with 1,831 career points. The total ranks third in school history and is 69 points shy of Billy McKinney (1974-77) for second place. Crawford ranks 17th 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 on Jan. 8, 2006. Crawford ranks ninth in the Big Ten in scoring (15.9 ppg) and fifth in rebounding (6.7 rpg). He is the only 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) - 2,888 - 1,028 - 243
Torrey Craig (USC Upstate) - 2,053 - 918 - 289
Drew Crawford (Northwestern) - 1,831 - 681 - 222
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. Three days later with the game at Minnesota tied 52-52, Demps' 3-pointer with 55 seconds remaining were the decisive points in a 55-54 NU victory.
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 10.9 points per game, including scoring in double figures 17 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 Feb. 20)
Name (Team) - Avg.
Jason Calliste (Oregon) - 12.0
Tre Demps (Northwestern) - 10.9
Zach LaVine (UCLA) - 10.4
Northwestern is back in action next Saturday as it travels to Nebraska. Tip-off is set for 4 p.m. with ESPNU providing live television coverage.
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