- Northwestern knocked off Fairleigh Dickinson 80-53 Sunday afternoon. Reggie Hearn led the way with 14 points, and Alex Olah had his best game as a Wildcat with 10 points on 5-of-7 shooting and 9 rebounds.
- Extent of Nikola Cerina's ankle injury unknown
Coach Bill Carmody:
- "I was pleased today. I thought we defended, which was good. And Reggie, I gave him a hard time the other night but that kid's a good player."
- Carmody continued to praise Hearn for how he got the team going offensively. Carmody told Olah to get rid of his most recent game and move on. He asked Olah if he knew what "moping" meant. Olah said no. Apparently that's what Olah had been doing.
- Carmody pointed out Jared Swopshire's strong communication on defense. Also said Drew Crawford did a good job on that end, which helped them hold FDU to 14 first-half points.
- "There are going to be obstacles along the way," Carmody said. It's all about how his team responds to it. Carmody likes the energy after three games.
- Carmody referenced Malcolm Gladwell's "Outliers" in explaning Reggie Hearn's success. Basically, the book explains that there's a "10,000 hours of practice" rule. The practice factors into success. Read the book if you haven't.
Reggie Hearn and Alex Olah:
- Reggie Hearn said the team's defensive rebounding is much improved compared to last season. He added that the offense has flowed pretty well.
- Alex Olah worked on his defense in practice, and is still working on preparing for big guys in Big Ten. He's improving, but still has some things to work on in that department.
- Hearn pointed out a statistic that stood out: Cerina- 10 minutes, 7 rebounds. That could be huge for front court depth going forward. Hearn is very adept at incorporating stats into his post game pressers. Very articulate.