Random Thoughts on Slow Starts

This was the season of High Hopes for Northwestern... <p>With 4 former starters returning, a couple of decent new guys, and only the loss of one player. This should have been the year of the NCAAs for the first time. <p>But it isn't, and its frustrating to da Coach and da Fans...<br>

You know its killing the coaches inside...
And last night we saw an example of just how frustrating this season has been for Bill Carmody's Wildcats.

The Cats had been a team that absolutely stomped Michigan, the way they'd been stomped by Illinois. They came out shooting, stealing, running the offense, scoring off turnovers and in transition, everything you need to do at the end of the season to go into a tournament somewhere.

All the Cats had [or is it still have] to do is win one more.

Last night, at a winable final home game, that "other" Wildcat team showed up early, and that, along with some uncalled fouls [again] caused Carmody to explode. He got to watch the rest of the game from the locker room.

As someone who has listened to all of the post game interviews from Bill Carmody, the play this year has become an great unknown. NU's Coach uses a couple of vocal stops - "Yeah" and "You know" quite a bit. This year a 3rd phrase has joined the other two - "I don't know."

There might be a tendency to write NU off after the loss last night. Indiana's Bracey Wright is another hot shooting guard - the kind that feasts on the NU defense - but Indy isn't having the greatest season this year either.

The Cats can still head into the Big 10 Tournament over .500 with their first win in Assembly Hall ever. Post season play, would then become a possibility.

It all comes down to just how much our Cats want to play on in March.
-- da Coach

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