>Tomorrow night Northwestern looks to make basketball history by setting the all-time regular season win total when they host Penn State at Welsh-Ryan Arena. As I’ve mentioned many times before, this feat is not one to really do backflips about since it points to the painful lack of performance of a program that has endured the most trying 100+ years of college basketball in America. However, like a funeral of a well-liked, very old friend, I tend to think about this more as a celebration than a death of a futile record. We’ve got a lot to be thankful for as the program finally has at least identified the corner in which it must turn. Let’s hope this team can not only break the record, but demolish it and get us to the first-ever 20-win season plateau.
While we’re on the topic of history, kudos to the folks at NU managing NUSports.com for creating a home page takeover to promote the final home wrestling match of Northwestern head coach Tim Cysewski. He is Northwestern’s alltime winningest coach and the night of celebration is Sunday at 6pm as the ‘Cats look to send him out of Welsh-Ryan in style against Michigan. Northwestern has a slew of pregame activities lined-up which would delight any wrestling fan. Even if you’re not a wrestling fan, come out and show your respects to a coach that has produced 27 All-Americans, 12 Big Ten (individual) champs and four NCAA champions.
National Champs – And It Is Not Lacrosse!
Congratulations to the Northwestern Women’s Tennis Team for winning their second straight Indoor National Championship. The ‘Cats became the first northern team to win the title last season and repeated with an impressive march against traditional powers Cal, Tennessee and of course, North Carolina in the finals. Check out the details here. The women’s tennis team owns one of the more remarkable feats in all of Big Ten history having won 10 consecutive Big Ten titles.
2010 Hoops Recruiting
Rivals.com reports that Las Vegas, NV 5-9 dynamo point guard Johnathan Loyd has Northwestern and SMU as the schools he’s narrowed it down to for his commitment. Speculation on Loyd has been lighting up the message boards as the ‘Cats are in desperate need to have a replacement in line for junior PG Michael Thompson.
Now, Back To The Program…
I apologize for not delivering on the rest of the Northwestern Tournament of Generations. Stay tuned as first round action – games 10-16 – will all be posted at once at 11 am et this morning. We will complete the tournament with second round action tomorrow, Final Four action on Thursday and the title match on Friday.