Random Thoughts: Attitude in the Big 10

While the Northwestern Wildcat pulled it together with a couple of seemingly easy wins to end the non-conference schedule, 10-3, the season that had raised BKB fans hopes to post season glory, all came to a screeching halt last week. But as Coach Roy points out, "attitude" just might be difference for the Cats play in the Big 10...

What's the line in that Cahn and Van Heusen movie song, "He had high hopes?"
I'll admit that I got really excited about NU Basketball's chances after that New Year's Eve game, where NU seemed to be unstoppable.

After exams this year, NU had a rough patch of play, followed by the emergence of a real Big 10 team, or so we thought.

We all forgot that this team plays a bunch of frosh, and two starters are still Sophomores. They're still absorbing the way to play our NU/Princeton offense. When to pass, when to shoot, where to be on the court at various times.

As you watch games, there are times we execute the plays and score big. At other times, we look like a team in transition, still learning the nuances of how to play.

Like it or not, NU's offense relies on shooting and pinpoint passing. If the back door cutter isn't open, the way Michigan closed that door in the 2nd half Saturday, you have to be able to go outside and drain the jumper or the 3.

NU couldn't get that outside shot to fall, both on the road at Penn State and at home against Michigan.

You could hear the disappointment in Bill Carmody's voice at the end of the WGN postgame show. You saw the look on his face on the sidelines as the Michigan game slowly got out of reach.

Carmody hates to lose, even more in his home gym, Welsh-Ryan, but I think even worse was the realization that maybe this team is still a team in transition.

The point of the old song from "A Hole in the Head" - "High Hopes" - was that you have to stick to your plan to get better. By extension to NU Basketball, or any other sport, you have to keep trying, pound away at the problems, keep working on your game.

Its probably too corny for our present group of "hip" NU students, but maybe they should play that old song before practice a few times.

What's the last line of that song?

"Ooops, there goes another problem ker-plop"
-- da Coach

[Cahn/Van Heusen from the 1959 Frank Capra movie "A Hole in the Head"]

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