Big Ten Tales: Catching up with John Shurna

Travel across the country for an NBA pre-draft workout, or walk down the stage and receive your college diploma? That’s the dilemma former Northwestern basketball standout John Shurna faced following his senior year. I recently spoke with Shurna over the phone as he shared that story and others in my latest installment of “Big Ten Tales.”

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BTN/BTN2Go to carry Collins press conference live

At noon ET Tuesday, BTN/BTN2Go airs live coverage of Northwestern’s press conference introducing former Duke assistant basketball coach  Chris Collins as the school’s new men’s basketball coach. Dave Revsine and Shon Morris will host our coverage, which will include analysis from a variety of guests.

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Northwestern outlasts Syracuse in title rematch

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Syracuse at Northwestern - Women's Lacrosse Highlights

In a rematch of last season’s national championship, No. 4 Northwestern edged No. 5  Syracuse, 13-12, in an entertaining affair Saturday at Lakeside Field in Evanston. Ali Cassera scored a career-high five goals, including three in the second half, and Erin Fitzgerald carded a hat trick to fuel the Northwestern attack.

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Collins hire an anomaly among Big Ten coaching moves

Northwestern hiring of Duke assistant Chris Collins as the school’s new men’s basketball coach has created a buzz in college hoops circles. Many love his pedigree, youth and energy. Collins sizzles with potential. Do you smell it? Could the thirtysomething wunderkind lead the Wildcats out of the wilderness of basketball hopelessness and to their first NCAA tourney ever? Collins will be hailed a hoop savant if he does so.

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Reader mail: My NCAA tournament edition

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It’s time to reach into my mailbag and answer your pressing questions. Lots of good questions this week, as usual. Yes, spring football is heating up. But with March Madness here, hoops are on your mind. So, let’s start there.

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