POD: NOT another typical NU basketball season

WarCat is a long-time Northwestern Basketball Fan and has followed the Wildcat teams throught the ups and downs of NU Roundball even before the Bill Carmody era. While some fans are dissatisfied with this year's conference performance so far, Warren looks at NU's Basketball glass and still finds it half full...

How soon we forget.
A typical NU basketball season, particularly one in which the bulk of the scoring had been lost to graduation, would be a .500 or slightly under pre-conference card and maybe two Big Ten victories. A total of seven or eight wins for the season would be a typical NU basketball season.

We already have surpassed that number and have shown that we can play tough against top teams at home.  We have had only three conference home games so far, and they were against the top three teams in the conference standings as of now.  In fact, over our first seven Big Ten games we have played a combined record of 26-16; over the next nine conference games our opponents' combined record to date is 25-31.  We definitely have the harder part of the schedule out of the way.

Remaining are winnable home games against Minnesota, Illinois (having a down year, hurt by injury and vulnerable), Penn State (we shoot much better at home and perhaps can make them pay for the 2-3 zone, as we did vs. OSU), Purdue and Indiana (whom we've beaten at home rather consistently during the Carmody era), as well as potentially stealable road games against Iowa, Illinois and Purdue (and a probable L at Wisconsin).

It's not inconceivable that the Cats can go 3-2 in the remaining home games and 1-3 in the remaining road games for a 5-11, 16-14 (with a win over T-Pan) record going into the Big Ten tournament, and a possible NIT berth.

In what was supposed to be a down year with the loss of talent from last year's team that is not a typical NU basketball season.


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