Just "Not enough help out there"

<b>Jitim Young</b> came up big again last night with 23 points and 6 rebounds, but DePaul's <b>Delonte Holland</b> shot lights out in the first half to bury the <b>Wildcats </b>as they played their first road game. Here's the story, along with some of NU Coach <b>Bill Carmody'</b>s postgame comments.

Either the Cats came out Flat, or they got flattened by DePaul Tuesday night...
Once again Jitim Young led the Wildcats in scoring [23] and Vedran Vukusic seems to be coming out of his scoring funk [16], but unlike the other night, Evan Seacat's treys were not falling, and NU just couldn't recover from a two long runs by the Blue Demons.

Then there was Deonte Holland - who was 10-13 from the court, including 3 for 3 from arc for 27 points. He won the Waldo Fisher-Frank McGrath Award [named for two legendary coaches] as the game's MVP. There was no discussion about who should win.

But it was two runs - 13 to 4 in the first half, and 12 to 2 later on - that did the Cats in. DePaul was up by 20 at one point in the 2nd half, even though the Cats narrowed the margin late in the game. There's one comment from DePaul, unanswered anywhere, that they figured out the Cats' Zone defense. That would explain the shooting by the Blue Demons.

Then there was the rebounding - NU Coach Bill Carmody:
They just started the game out, really dominated us on the boards, they made their shots, and they were getting good shots.

And when they missed the followed them up so it was sort of what we thought would happen coming into the game, we tried to defense, but we weren't able to handle them inside.
How about covering Delonte Holland?
We were actually more worried about him because [Andre] Brown is sort of a given, but Holland is so active - its a hard matchup for you -- he was a guy, we could stop him but but we were unable [to stop Holland].
What about the play of Jitim Young?
I just like watching the guy play, but he doesn't have enough help out there right now scoring. We're having a real difficult time scoring.

Vedran hit a couple of shots, [but] you know we have to get a few more of them 'cause he had a couple of open looks he's got to knock down.
You've got to take solice in the fact that the DePaul team is a really good basketball team, and our guys battled to the end.
Its sort of easy to battle when you're down, you know you're down 12 most of the game. We didn't let it get away from us, but why were down 12 or 14 points. That's what we've got to work on -- figure out.
It seems like the timing is still a little bit off.
There's no precision, the passes are off a foot here, a foot there, and it makes for, like there's an anxiety on offense, usually when our offense is running smoothly its tension free.

Tonight, and you have to give DePaul credit, it seems as though, I don't know, we're moving too quickly or or not quickly enough -- we just weren't paying attention to detail.
The Wildcats return to the more freindly confines of Welsh Ryan Saturday, as they face Northwestern State from Louisiana. No students so if you're in the area, you have to go to the game.

Game time is Noon central time - we'll be chatting and listening on WGN.

[Bill Carmody quotes from the WGN Post Game interview]

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