Tim Doyle Down Under

Doyle playing D

This year the Big 10 Foreign Tour headed to Australia for 4 games against the talent in Sidney and Brisbane. The Northwestern Wildcat on the team was Tim Doyle, who earned starts in 3 of the 4 games, and contributed on both ends of the floor..

It wasn't the most successful foreign tour ever...
The Big 10 finished 3-1 over the 4 days of play, but in the end started scoring 100 points regularly, putting on a scoring show the last 3 nights, with the Wildcat's Tim Doyle contributing at both ends of the floor.

Tim Doyle against MSUUnder Michigan's Tommy Amaker, the Big 10 squad started slowly, losing to the West Sidney Razorbacks 117-91, but a bright spot for NU fans was Tim Doyle's 9 points and 10 rebounds. He also had a steal and a blocked shot.

The only blot on his record was 0-3 free throw shooting.

The next night, the free throw shooting woes continued for Doyle, but he scored his best offensive performance [10 points, 6 Assists] against  the Sidney Kings as the Big 10 team pulled away to win 97-89. Doyle also pulled down 5 rebounds and had another steal.

Then it was on to Brisbane for a couple of games, first the Brisbane Bullets lost to the Big 10 109-100. Doyle scored 6 points, 4 for 4 from the free throw line, and added 2 boards, 2 assists and a steal to his totals coming off the bench.

In the final, Brisbane's South District Spartans got whacked by the Big 10 team, 145-69. Doyle added 9 points, including a trey, and had 2 more assists and another steal in a game where 8 Big 10 players scored in double figures.
Doyle's totals for the 4 games?
[Taken from the official box score recap]
Tim Doyle averaged 8.5 points and 4.3 rebounds a game.

He totaled 10 assists, 4 steals, a blocked shot, and appeared to solve his free throw shooting by the end of the 4 game road trip

Doyle is one of the seniors on the 2006-07 Wildcat squad and is expected to be a team leader both on offense and defense.

Unfortunately, few NU fans saw the Big 10 team play down under, but on paper, it appeared that Tim Doyle was a big contributor on defense and used his passing skills to help score additional points for the team.

Now we'll have to wait and see how that translates into the 2006-07 Big 10 season.

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