The game is going to be a perfect showcase for Illinois, but there's that tenuous Northwestern connection - the play of Wisconsin's Ed McCants.-- da Coach
Remember Ed McCants?
He was one of the kids that former coach Kevin O'neill recruited out of the Cleveland area. At the time of his signing, most NU fans said Ed who, but I had talked with a couple of coaches who had played his high school team and he was considered a great get, one of those kinds of players that thrives in a fast paced offense.
McCants showed up at NU and O'neill was long gone. There was a new head man, Bill Carmody, who brought in a slower placed, precise style of play. Ed McCants' style of play just didn't fit in.
To his credit he stuck out the first season and played a bit as a frosh - but he had an off campus "altercation" that led to his suspension from the team, and eventually he left NU to persue other opportunities. He finally landed at Milwaukee-Wisconsin.
His Goal was to play in the NCAA's and help get NU to its first appearance at the Big Dance. Some of McCants' comments about coming to NU gives you a look into how O'Neill recruited players, but its all moot because he's gone.
There are those who say Carmody "drove" McCants away because he didn't fit the new NU style of play, but one of the hallmarks of the good Princeton teams, and NU when they're on their game, is a slashing guard, driving the lane for a layup. McCants' style of play would now fit that mold perfectly.
Wildcat fans can tune in the Illinois-Wisconsin game this Thursday and imagine what might have been if McCants hadn't run afoul of the Evanston cops.
Yes, he would have had to adjust his game a bit, but I'll probably watch just to see if he's as good as advertised against a pretty good Illinois team playing in what is essentially their second home court.
Should be interesting.
We've got to send congrats out to the women's Fencing and Swimming teams. The fencers finished 8th in the NCAA's, #12 overall, with only half a team.
You see NU goes into those tournaments with no male fencers - Varsity Fencing is only a women's sport at Northwestern. Our women still are good enough to finish ahead of teams that bring a full compliment to the NCAAs.
The Swimmers also only took 3 women to the NCAAs and still had enough to make 2 All Americans. Congrats to Christy Olin and Andrea Hupman.
Another team that's knocking on the door of greatness is the Women's Lacrosse. One of the Lacrosse sites is pushing for NU to get the top spot in their poll. It would be NU's first #1 in any sport in a long time.
Congrats Lets Go Cats [with sticks]!
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