We ended last week with many Wildcat Roundball fans ready to hang Bill Carmody from the rafters of Welsh-Ryan, and were encouraging NU Athletic Director Jim Phillips to go out and find the next Tubby Smith, or Tom Izzo to lead the Purple to glory.- da Coach
So what do the Cats do? Almost in reaction to a couple of close losses, the Cats suddenly found their game and knocked off a couple of top ranked teams, teams coached by Mr. Smith and Mr. Izzo.
Carmody's 1-3-1 matchup zone defense, and the slow it down offense suddenly became unstopable, at least for a week at home and in East Lansing.
And the "Can Carmody" talk has subsided, at least until the Cats lose again.
But NU has a real shot to really grab some wins over the next 2 weeks. Michigan might be intimidating in their house, but NU survived MSU's house so who knows. Then there is Indiana and Chicago State at home with a visit from Wisconsin sandwiched in between.
All told, I see 4 very winable games between now and the end of February, with a nice home stand in the middle of the month. Don't know about those 2 away games in March, but NU could still pull a decent season out with an upset or two.
And besides, Bobby Knight, on the Deuce last night, hinted that even Brett M was pulling for an NU bid to the big dance this year.
NU Sports has an item from last week that reports that Corey Wootton had successful surgery on his knee.
Wildcat Football fans should have been jumping up and down over that news.
Get well fast Corey - the 2009 Wildcats need ya.
I see that WGN Radio has signed on to broadcast NU sports for another 4 years.
Despite all the turmoil at Tribune Towers, WGN as the "Voice of Chicago," continues to be the top station in Chicago for coverage of the Cubbies, the Hawks, and of course our Wildcats.
Dave - Mr. Wildcat - Eanet will continue his role as play by play man, something he's done for 19 years AND in my humble opinion can continue that until he's tired of all the travel.
Way to go Jim Phillips and the guys at WGN who put this thing together.
And finally -- After Craig Moore's freshman season, I added up the totals and figured out that barring injury, he could easily become NU's Career 3 Point scoring leader by a wide margin.
Well he did it last month, passing VV - Vedran Vukusic's school record 212. Right now with an average 3.25 trips a game, Moore is on track to make his 300th career triple sometime in early March.
Personally, I'd like to see it happen on February 28th against Iowa at Welsh-Ryan, but breaking the career record at Purdue on national TV would be pretty cool too.
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