Northwestern Beats a Ranked Team: Box Score of the Day

    
January 18th, 2009

CHN now features a live scoreboard, stats, standings, etc.. here. Occasionally, we'll be featuring a box score of the day, with some commentary on why the box score is interesting. It might be involve a huge upset, a big personal effort, some odd statistical occurrences, or other intriguing tidbit.

 

Box Score of the Day:

Today's pick is.. Northwestern's 74-65 win over Minnesota.

 

Due to a relatively weak slate of Sunday games, this is admittedly not the sexist Box of the Day. No record-breaking performances or epic upsets here. But anytime Northwestern beats a ranked team (let alone a Big Ten game in general), it's a big deal, at least for their 400 fans. This was the Wildcats first win over a ranked team in almost three years, after 18 losses against such teams. Despite that streak, I wouldn't really call this result an upset as the Gophers are over-ranked to begin with due to a soft schedule, and bound to drop multiple Big Ten road games.

 

Statistically, the numbers that stand out are Al Nolen's turnovers and the huge free throw disparity. Northwestern hit 21 FT's to just 5 for Minnesota, making up for the relatively even shooting and rebounding performances. For the freshman point guard Nolen, the 6 TO's are a new career high, and out of character for a guy gaining the reputation for taking care of the ball and putting up solid A/TO ratios.

 

Northwestern 74, Minnesota 65

Sunday, January 18, 2009 2:00 PM

Location - Welsh Ryan Arena, Evanston, Illinois
Officials - Jamie Luckie, Tom O'Neill, Rick Hartzell
Attendance - 4568
 
 
Final Scoring Summary
 
 
Final 1 2 T
Minnesota 34 31 65
Northwestern 31 43 74
 
Minnesota Golden Gophers
 
  REBOUNDS  
PLAYER MIN FGM-A 3GM-A FTM-A OFF DEF TOT A PF STL TO BLK PTS
Ralph Sampson III 23:00 1-3 0-1 0-0 1 4 5 0 3 0 2 1 2
Damian Johnson 30:00 6-9 2-3 0-0 2 2 4 1 3 1 1 3 14
Lawrence Westbrook 27:00 6-14 3-8 3-4 2 6 8 4 4 2 2 0 18
Al Nolen 29:00 4-7 2-3 0-0 0 2 2 2 2 0 6 0 10
Colton Iverson 10:00 2-2 0-0 0-2 0 1 1 1 3 0 0 0 4
Jamal Abu-Shamala 6:00 0-2 0-1 0-0 0 1 1 3 0 0 0 0 0
Travis Busch 4:00 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 0 0
Jonathan Williams 4:00 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0
Blake Hoffarber 21:00 1-6 1-5 0-0 0 1 1 3 0 1 1 0 3
Devron Bostick 10:00 0-2 0-2 0-0 0 1 1 1 2 0 4 0 0
Devoe Joseph 14:00 3-4 2-3 0-1 0 1 1 1 2 1 1 0 8
Paul Carter 22:00 2-4 0-1 2-4 1 1 2 1 2 3 1 0 6
TOTAL 200 25-53 10-27 5-11 6 20 26 17 22 9 19 4 65
    47.2% 37.0% 45.5% Team Rebs: 5   Total TO: 19
 
Northwestern Wildcats
 
  REBOUNDS  
PLAYER MIN FGM-A 3GM-A FTM-A OFF DEF TOT A PF STL TO BLK PTS
Craig Moore 37:00 6-9 6-9 4-4 0 5 5 1 3 2 4 0 22
Kevin Coble 33:00 5-13 1-5 9-9 0 3 3 4 1 1 4 0 20
Michael Thompson 36:00 3-7 1-3 1-4 1 0 1 3 3 2 2 0 8
John Shurna 12:00 0-3 0-2 0-0 0 1 1 1 0 0 0 0 0
Kyle Rowley 10:00 1-2 0-0 0-0 0 1 1 1 2 0 0 0 2
Sterling Williams 6:00 1-1 1-1 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3
Patrick Houlihan 1:00 0-0 0-0 1-2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
Ivan Peljusic 8:00 2-2 0-0 0-0 0 1 1 1 0 0 1 0 4
Jeff Ryan 6:00 0-1 0-0 1-2 1 1 2 1 2 0 0 0 1
Jeremy Nash 29:00 3-4 0-1 3-4 3 3 6 3 4 3 2 0 9
Luka Mirkovic 22:00 1-4 0-0 2-2 0 5 5 2 1 0 1 1 4
TOTAL 200 22-46 9-21 21-27 5 20 25 17 16 8 14 1 74
    47.8% 42.9% 77.8% Team Rebs: 4   Total TO: 14

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