Found November 08, 2011 on Down with Goldy:
Northwestern's outlook actually is pretty rosy this year:  John Shurna is back to look like a total spaz nerd and do a little bit of everything, Drew Crawford now has two years under his belt and should just continue to get better, Luka Mrkovich will once again be the middle moving very little, JerShon Cobb should be a breakout candidate, and most of the little bit parts are here once again as well.

Two problems.

The first being that the major piece that is gone from last season is Michael Thompson who I refuse to call juice, the guy who piloted this team for the last four years - including two of the best in the program's history - and left as the all-time leader in assists for the Wildcats.  That's not easy to replace and I don't know who is going to do it.  Actually I don't think Northwestern knows yet.  Alex Marcotullio is probably first in line, but let's be honest if he wins the job there's no chance this team makes the NCAA Tournament.  If Drew Crawford or JerShon Cobb can't transition from off the ball player to ball-handler the Wildcats will have to hope one of their promising newcomers - guards Tre Demps and David Sobolewski - are good enough to step in right away.  Both are described as combo guards which normally I'd make fun of because there's not a real PG on the roster but the Gophers are basically doing the same thing so who am I to judge?

The second problem is that, even if they work the PG spot out perfectly, I've already fallen for this.  I was convinced last year everything had come together for Northwestern to finally, mercifully, grab that first ever NCAA Tournament bid.  And how I was I rewarded for my faith?  Just like Snape was rewarded by Voldemort - a painful death.  So no, I refuse to buy in.  There's no reason to think they'll be better than last season, last season was supposed to be their perfect storm, and they sucked last season.  Boom.  The end.

DWG Over/Under Conference Wins:  7.5

THE BACKYARD
BEST OF MAXIM
RELATED ARTICLES

Shurna Earns Second Selection to Naismith Award Watch List

Northwestern senior forward John Shurna continues to rake in the preseason honors as he was named Monday to the watch list for the Naismith Award which honors the nation's top collegiate player.

Fitzgerald says Persa planning to play

Northwestern coach Pat Fitzgerald says quarterback Dan Persa plans to play against Rice this week. Fitzgerald says Persa told him he expects to be ready after missing the second half of Saturday's win over Nebraska after having his left shoulder slammed to the ground in the second quarter by the Cornhuskers' Eric Martin. Persa was on the sideline with his arm in a sling...

Short-handed NU routs Robert Morris in exhibition

Wildcats hit 11 of 15 3-pointersDrew Crawford and Alex Marcotullio sat this one out with sprained ankles. JerShon Cobb, working his way back from hip surgery in April, also watched from the bench.

NU's Colter snags Big Ten honor

The Big Ten recognized Kain Colter for his superlative effort Saturday in Northwestern’s 28-25 upset of Nebraska.

Wildcats Soar Past Eagles for 99-48 Exhibition Win

Six Wildcats reached double-digits scoring, led by senior Nick Fruendt's game-high 17 points, as Northwestern rolled to a 99-48 win over Robert Morris (Ill.) in the season's first exhibition game Monday evening at Welsh-Ryan Arena.

Versatile Colter Earns Big Ten Offensive Player of the Week Honor

Fresh off his three-touchdown performance in a 28-25 upset of No. 9 Nebraska, Northwestern sophomore Kain Colter (Denver, Colo./Cherry Creek) has been named the Big Ten Offensive Player of the Week, the league announced Monday.

Owls open as underdog vs Wildcats

Nov 12, 12:00 PM | Grass of Ryan Field Rice Owls vs Northwestern Wildcats Odds 3-6TEAM RECORD4-5 The Wildcats will do battle with the visiting Rice Owls on Saturday, looking to bolster their record and fatten the pocketbooks of bettors who back them. The Wildcats sit at 4-5 (4-5 ATS) on the season; in comparison, the Owls are currently 3-6 (4-5 ATS). Looking to wager on...

General News. NU Announces Hilton Garden Inn Athletes of the Week

Northwestern sophomores Kain Colter (Denver, Colo./Cherry Creek) of the football team and Nida Hamilton (Oak Brook, Ill./Hinsdale Central) of the women's tennis team have been named NU's Hilton Garden Inn Athletes of the Week.
Wildcats News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

Today's Best Stuff
For Bloggers

Join the Yardbarker Network for more promotion, traffic, and money.

Company Info
Help
What is Yardbarker?

Yardbarker is the largest network of sports blogs and pro athlete blogs on the web. This site is the hub of the Yardbarker Network, where our editors and algorithms curate the best sports content from our network and beyond.