Once again Jitim Young led the Wildcats in scoring  and Vedran Vukusic seems to be coming out of his scoring funk , 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.How about covering Delonte Holland?
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.
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.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.
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.
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.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.
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.
Game time is Noon central time - we'll be chatting and listening on WGN.
[Bill Carmody quotes from the WGN Post Game interview]
Beat 'em All!
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