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Wildcat fans reeling after Illinois loss

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There always has to be a Fire So and So web site with every major coach, isn't there? Whether it is college or pro there's going to be a blog like that. And so there is one for Northwestern men's basketball coach Bill Carmody.

Apparently the Illinois loss Thursday night, an 88-63 thrashing at Assembly Hall, was too much for Wildcat fans to bear and many now are calling for Carmody's head.

Yes, it was their third loss in a row and yes, the Wildcats are 0-3 in the Big Ten and this does  not bode well for their NCAA chances in March. But you have to remember that John Shurna is playing hurt and with a healthy Shurna, NU could have beaten Michigan State (instead of losing by three points).

On the bright side, Shurna was named to the John Wooden Award's midseason top 30 this week. Shurna, who went into the Illinois game leading the Big Ten in scoring with a 21.3 points per game average, earned his place on the list based on his performance in November and December. Being on the list means Shurna has an early edge for the award which will be announced in March during the Elite Eight round of the NCAA tournament.

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This page contains a single entry by Tina Akouris published on January 7, 2011 7:23 PM.

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