By the second half of the Big Ten Tournament's first round game, Tim Doyle accomplished what no other Wildcat had done before. Splitting the defense and driving to the basket mid-way through the second half for a hard earned lay-up, Doyle was the first Northwestern basketball player to register at least 350 points, 150 assists, 100 rebounds and 50 steals all in the same season. Headed into Thursday's game, Doyle needed just two points and one rebound for the honor, however at halftime was a point shy after going 1-2 at the free throw line.
Doyle's fourth assist -a no look pass to Vince Scott in the second half to bring the Wildcats within four points 43-47--broke the Northwestern record for assists in a season. The previous record was 154 held by Patrick Baldwin in 1994.
Northwestern's starting line-up consisted of four players from four different states and one from Split, Croatia.
Doyle made is 31st start of the season against Michigan State. The Merrick, N.Y. native is the only Wildcat to start all 31 games this season.
Four Wildcats hold double majors including: Doyle (sociology and communication studies), Vince Scott (political science and international studies), Joe Kennedy (social policy and religion) and Ivan Tolic (communication and international studies).
In the 2004 Big Ten Tournament opening round, Northwestern set a school and Big Ten Tournament record with 22 steals, including 17 in the first half, to defeat Penn State, 57-52. NU was led by Jitim Young, who also established an individual tourney record of eight steals, while adding 14 points and claiming All-Tournament accolades.
With the Wildcat's 62-57 loss to Michigan State, a total of fifteen of NU's 31 games this year have been decided to eight points or less.