1) Drew Crawford, Sr., G-F: All of the talk for Northwestern coming into this basketball season has been about 5th year senior Drew Crawford. The 6’5″ guard/forward played in only ten games last season as a 4th year senior before suffering a season-ending shoulder injury. Luckily, he was awarded a 5th season and is making the most of it for the Wildcats. Despite their record, Crawford has been doing all for his team. He leads the team in both scoring (15.7 points per game) and rebounding (6.9 rebounds per game). There’s no doubt that if your name is plastered all over Northwestern radio ads that the opposing team should try to limit your production in order to win the game.
2) JerShon Cobb, Jr., G: The second “go-to-guy” for the Wildcats on the offensive side of the ball this season has been JerShon Cobb. Cobb is averaging 12.0 points per game and is shooting about 40% from the field. He’s a really fantastic free throw shooter, but has not been able to get to the line of late. In his last four games, the junior guard is 4-of-5 from the line and didn’t record a single foul shot to two of the games. He was a perfect 4-of-4 in the team’s 93-67 loss to Iowa. Because of this, it will be interesting to see if he can do the same against the Illini.
3) Alex Olah, So., C: The “man in the middle” for Northwestern this season is no other than Alex Olah. The 7’0″ Romanian has proven that he can perform on both the offensive and defensive side of the ball. Offensively, Olah can score in bunches if given the chance. In the team’s loss to Wisconsin on January 2nd, he went 10-of-14 from the field and scored a season-high 23 points. Defensively, he leads the team in blocks as he is averaging 1.6 blocks per game. The only downside for Olah is foul trouble. He is averaging 3.2 personal fouls per game and has racked up 4+ fouls in eight games this season (fouled out in the loss to Iowa). Don’t be surprised if the announcers highlight the inside battle between Olah and Egwu tonight.
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