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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.” Shurna had an exceptional collegiate career as a four-year starter for the Northwestern Wildcats from 2008-12. The 6-foot-9 forward was a three-time All-Big Ten Conference Selection and was named an honorable mention All-American in 2012 by the Associated Press. Shurna closed out his career

Wrapping Up the Regular Season

Josh: It’s time to reflect on another season of Big Ten hoops. I think the rest of college basketball has finally taken notice of something that’s been true for the past 18 months or so–the Big Ten is the best conference in college basketball. Still, you look at the conference today, you see two great teams, 3 pretty darn good teams, a team good enough to make the Dance, and then mediocrity. Heck, even a couple of pretty bad teams. I mean, it’s hard to say the conference underachieved, but here goes–the conference underachieved. Sure, this is still the best

Big Ten Geeks: Purdue, the anti-Purdue

With Saturday’s win over Michigan, Purdue has seemingly punched its ticket to the Dance. At 9-7 in conference play, the Boilermakers are probably right where most expected them to finish this season–still solidly in the field of 68, but not a serious contender for the conference championship. But how they got to this point is very unexpected. Ever since the Baby Boilers arrived at West Lafayette, defense has been the calling card of this team: Year    Points Per Possession       B10 Rank       Opponent Points Per Possession       B10 Rank    07-08 1.06 4th 0.94 2nd

Shurna, Cheaney Among Profiles On Next 'Journey'

On this week’s “The Journey: Big Ten Basketball 2012,” at 8 p.m. ET Sunday, our cameras take you behind John Shurna’s record-breaking day as the senior became Northwestern’s all-time leading scorer last weekend against Minnesota. We also profile Calbert Cheaney, the Big Ten’s all-time leading scorer, who has returned to Indiana following a career in the NBA, both as a player and assistant coach. Watch a bonus clip now and see what else we’ll be profiling on Sunday’s show in this post. Also, follow the show on Twitter: @BTNJourney. Here Shurna talks about hearing from Billy McKinney, the previous all-time

Big Ten Geeks: Heartbreak in Evanston

It was looking like it would be an historic night in Evanston. In front of a sold-out Welsh-Ryan Arena, the Northwestern Wildcats were locked in a tight battle with the visiting Michigan Wolverines. With a win, Northwestern would move one step closer to the 9-9 conference record that would almost certainly earn the program its first-ever NCAA Tournament appearance. As a cherry on top, the Wildcats’ signature nonconference win was looking even better as Seton Hall had just finished off an impressive win over Georgetown. If Bill Carmody’s team could just pull out this victory, it could be argued that

John Shurna joined The Pulse on Monday

Tonight on “The Big Ten Pulse,” John Shurna joined us to talk about becoming Northwestern’s all-time leading scorer in Saturday’s victory over Minnesota. Watch the record-setting 3-pointer in this post. Also, Rick Pizzo, Derek Rackley, Tim Doyle and former Michigan State star point guard Mateen Cleaves broke down the tight Big Ten race, discussed whether a Big Ten team will earn a No. 1 seed in the NCAA tourney and debated the Big Ten Freshman of the Year. Watch Shurna’s record-setting 3-pointer: View The Pulse’s homepage and follow the show on Twitter: @BTNThePulse.

Shurna breaks Northwestern scoring record

Sitting just 17 points behind Billy McKinney on Northwestern’s all-time scoring list, John Shurna was a great bet to make history Saturday night against Minnesota. The senior star did just that in the double-digit victory, hitting a 3-pointer midway through the second half to put his name atop the program’s scoring list. Watch Shurna set the record and see the reaction from the Welsh-Ryan Arena faithful now. From all of us at BTN.com: Congratulations, John! Look who is trending in the United States: John Shurna http://t.co/HtnPVMRI — NU Men's Basketball (@NUMensBball) February 19, 2012 Sorry to see Billy McKinney lose

Big Ten Geeks: Road Warriors

The knock on Indiana this season was that while the Hoosiers are nearly unbeatable at home, they’re almost the opposite on the road. To wit, the home and away efficiencies are Stevenson-esque in conference play:    Offensive Points Per Possession       Defensive Points Per Possession    Indiana at Home 1.19 1.08 Indiana on the Road 1.01 1.13 The numbers here represent IU’s performance prior to the win over Purdue in West Lafayette. After rolling over the Boilermakers, Indiana no longer looks like a team doomed to falter in a postseason filled with neutral courts. BTG favorite Victor Oladipo came

Dienhart: This Wild Basketball Ride Continues

While I wait for some Big Ten team – any Big Ten team – to take charge of this way-crazy, makes-no-sense Big Ten race, it’s time for this week’s 3-pointers from a cornfield somewhere outside Decatur, Illinois, on I-72. Check out my latest mailbag and drop me a note, read my Q&A with Ohio State’s William Buford, and let me know what you think of the season so far in the comments box at the and of this column. I also plan to attend and cover Wisconsin at Illinois on Sunday, and who knows how that one could go? Three

One-on-One: Northwestern's John Shurna

John Shurna knows time is running out. The Northwestern forward knows there’s a sense of urgency for the Wildcats to get on a roll. History is at stake. Specifically: The school’s first NCAA tourney trip. Shurna is doing his part. Entering the week, he led the Big Ten in scoring with an 18.9 average while grabbing 6.1 rebounds and dishing 2.6 assists per game. But it’s scoring that has made Shurna famous in Big Ten circles. In fact, the 6-9, 215-pound senior has been one of the conference’s most prolific scorers the last three seasons, averaging 18.2 points as sophomore