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.
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.
Moments after Bill Carmody was fired as Northwestern coach on March 16, speculation began to swirl about Duke associate head coach Chris Collins being a top target. That speculation became reality today when Collins was named Wildcats coach.
Don’t miss the BTN Big 10K event in Chicago on Saturday, July 27, and this year’s race will be televised on the Big Ten Network. Dress up in your favorite school colors and compete for your Big Ten team in the 10K race or 5K run/walk, and there will be a post-race FanFest & Tailgate party, too. Get more details here.
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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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As we sit on the cusp of postseason play for nine Big Ten teams, it feels an appropriate time to revisit where we were just four short months ago, previewing a season that was about to unfold before us. Did we nail it, or do we need to turn in our Geek cards?
If it’s highlights you’re looking for, the Big Ten tourney was the place to be. From Brandon Paul’s buzzer-beater in Thursday’s opening round to Keith Appling’s drive and posterizing dunk on Friday, there was no shortage of highlight-reel plays. Watch some of our favorite Big Ten tourney plays from the first three days in this post.