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    Wildcats Host Maroons Wednesday in Lone Exhibition Tilt

    NUSPORTSDOTCOM Drew Crawford is the second-leading returning scorer in the Big Ten.
    Drew Crawford is the second-leading returning scorer in the Big Ten.

    Nov. 6, 2012

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     vs. University of Chicago
     Date  Wednesday, Nov. 7 | 7 p.m.
     Location  Welsh-Ryan Arena  | Evanston, Ill.
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    EVANSTON, Ill. -- Northwestern squares off against its former Big Ten rival University of Chicago at 7 p.m. Wednesday as the teams meet in an exhibition contest at Welsh-Ryan Arena.

    The Wildcats return four starters and seven letterwinners from last year's squad which went 19-14 overall, including 8-10 in Big Ten, and advanced to the National Invitation Tournament for the fourth straight season.

    Wednesday's contest is Northwestern's lone exhibition game prior to opening the regular season at home vs. Texas Southern on Nov. 13.

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    Last Meeting: Northwestern posted an 84-76 exhibition win over Chicago at Welsh-Ryan Arena Nov. 7, 2007. Freshman Mike Capocci led the Wildcats with 18 points and nine rebounds.

    • The Maroons posted a 14-11 record last season, including a 7-7 mark in University Athletic Association (UAA) play, while competing at the NCAA Division III level.
    • Chicago must replace its top two leading scorers from 2011-12, including Matt Johnson who averaged 20.2 points per game.
    • Mike McGrath is in his 14th season as the head coach of the Maroons and has a 195-137 record. He is a three-time UAA Coach of the Year.

    If anyone is familiar with the University of Chicago, it's Mike Turner. The Northwestern redshirt freshman prepped at University of Chicago Laboratory High School which is located on the University of Chicago campus on the city's south side.

    Forward Drew Crawford enters his senior year ranked 16th on NU's all-time scoring list with 1,283 career points. The point total is the second-highest of any returning Big Ten player, trailing only Indiana's Christian Watford by just four points (1,287). Last season, Crawford became the 17th Northwestern player to reach the 1,000 career point mark in his first three seasons of action. He is the second-leading returning scorer in the Big Ten in terms of scoring average behind only Penn State's Tim Frazier after posting a norm of 16.1 points per game in 2011-12.

    Northwestern welcomes back two players who earned season honors from the Big Ten in 2011-12. Senior forward Drew Crawford was a consensus third-team all-league pick. He was also the Big Ten Freshman of the Year and an honorable mention All-Big Ten pick in 2010. In addition, guard Dave Sobolewski earned a Big Ten All-Freshman Team selection a year ago. He was the fourth NU player to earn the honor in the last seven seasons.

    Northwestern welcomes five true freshmen, two redshirt freshmen and two transfers who are eligible to the lineup this season. The Wildcats got much bigger in the off-season with the following additions to the lineup:
    Chier Ajou--7'2"
    Alex Olah--7'0"
    Aaron Liberman--6'10"
    Nikola Cerina--6'9"
    Jared Swopshire--6'8"
    Mike Turner--6'8"

    Among the list of newcomers to the Northwestern lineup is graduate student Jared Swopshire. He spent the last four seasons at Louisville, helping the team reach the Final Four last year. In his three seasons of action, he appeared in 109 contests, making 23 starts while averaging 3.9 points and 3.2 rebounds per game. Swopshire is eligible to play this season and is pursing his graduate degree in sports administration.

    UP NEXT...
    Northwestern opens up its regular season at home next Tuesday, Nov. 13 as it takes on Texas Southern. Tip-off is set for 7 p.m. It is the first of four straight home games to open the Wildcats' season.


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