Back in 2001, ESPN.com's Bill Simmons officially formulated "The Ewing Theory." Inspired by Patrick Ewing, Simmons hypothesized that – instead of floundering – teams that lose their star player often – for whatever reason – rally and play even better. Purple Reign looks at The Ewing Theory and wonders if the Wildcats are the most recent example.
December 2, 2009
With the basketball season just around the corner, it won't be long before senior Kevin Coble resumes his ascension up the list of Northwestern's all-time leading scorers. Purple Reign puts a microscope to the hierarchy of the great Wildcat scorers and forecasts where Coble is likely to end up.
November 10, 2009
Last season, preseason hoops pundits were talking as though anything better than an embarrassing season would be a success. But coming off an NIT berth, there is an air of anticipation about this Wildcats team that hasn't been seen in years, especially not last season. Purple Reign takes a look at the stark change in preseason rhetoric from '08 to '09.
October 25, 2009
There were a lot of talented players in Chicago this season. The city's five NCAA Division I teams provided a lot of fun moments, mostly due to players' abilities on the court. These two teams are by no means the ultimate listing of Chicago players this season, but I think they represent one person's fair and reasoned opinion about what happened on the court.
March 15, 2009