A Glimmer Of Hope

After losing 5-of-6, Northwestern picked up an important win over Iowa at home. Sure Iowa is nowhere near a quality win but Northwestern was in free-fall. Of the five losses, four of them came in convincing fashion. Regardless whom it was against, the Wildcats needed a win, as it seemed they forgot what winning felt like.

Northwestern played looser. The 64 possessions in the game were the same when they beat Illinois. The offense found its rhythm again averaging 1.14 points-per-possession. The team played with the confidence it played with against Illinois and Ohio State at home.

It is true Iowa is just 3-11 in conference and rebuilding but for players like John Shurna and Drew Crawford to see the ball go through the net consistently has to help. Were there things Northwestern could have done better against Iowa?

Absolutely. The defense was poor and Iowa was better on the glass, but figuring out a way to win is critical for a team that was struggling.

The Wildcats will probably be expected to win their next two games at Indiana and at home against Penn State. If they play with the freedom and the creativity they did against Iowa, there is no reason they should not enter the Kohl Center with three consecutive wins.

This team is not going to change over the last four games over the regular season. They are a jump shooting team that will struggle against size. They will have some stretches where they will struggle shooting while they will break down defensively.

However, that style found them competitive against: Michigan State, Illinois and Ohio State.

It leaves a glimmer of hope the Wildcats can finish the season strong and gain some momentum in the Big Ten Tournament. Yes it is too far away to think about that but every unbelievable story needs a beginning. Can it be that the win over Iowa was chapter one?

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