SjT: View from the Winning Side

BIG win for Carmody's Cats - we really needed this to kick start the season after the slow start out of the gate.<br>

As for Mike Thompson -- a lot of rough edges and first-game kinks, but man, this team really looks promising with him in the lineup.

Our offense didn't look good -- we were really struggling to figure out how to use MT (need some more cutting when he has the ball up high and more inside/out when he's down low), but that will be worked out as they play together more.

The biggest thing you could see was on defense -- especially that matchup zone that just shut DePaul down in the stretch. With Thompson in the paint, he altered shots, gave us some rebounding help and really stopped the opponent ruling the paint as Virginia did.

As a player, he still looks like he's fitting in - but he was willing to step up down the stretch and you gotta like SOMEONE on this team taking the go-to role in clutch. He doesn't make stupid fouls -- and he makes the hustle plays you love to see from a big man (he's already strong on the pick-n-roll -- we need to use that more with Parker -- and was even diving on the floor at times).

Plus now we have some semblance of a bench with DD, Seacat and Lee available. With a couple more tough games before Christmas, it will be nice to see this team get more comfortable with each other and hopefully hit stride right as Big Ten play approaches.

And going back to our transfer discussion -- they mentioned it on ESPN on how this is the anti-KO era with people transferring IN to NU to play for Carmody.

Yeah, we didn't get Tommy Amaker back then and the O'Neill era was awful, but I couldn't be more happy than where we're at now -- Bill Carmody is the perfect fit for the NU job and a class act. Plus, I don't think Amaker's the type to stick around (he'll be gone from Michigan within 5 years) ... Carmody's not looking at Evanston as a stepping stone.

Not a great game - but a real promising start to the MT era and a much-needed win over our crosstown rivals (who had just come off a big win over ND ... Greer had a big game, but we really shut down Diener).

Welcome aboard, Mr. Thompson!

GO CATS!!!
-SjT




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