wow, i have to take a few days off from posting, and this is what i come back to? i was thinking yesterday that given what a struggle it has been for big ten teams on the road this season, last night was theoretically NU's best remaining shot at a conference win. if it was, then we're in a lot more trouble than i thought.
two postgame quotes jumped out at me. the first is that his team is now not-so-subtly complaining about Carmody's recruiting, as Michael Thompson observed: "We don't have a 6-10 guy who can rebound."
and regarding Carmody... look, i understand he is a beaten man by now. i realize it has been a long season and an even longer eight years. i'm sure he's tired of answering the same questions after each ass-kicking, but still, i would like to see a little more life out of him. check out this quote:
"Usually a 1-3-1 zone can help neutralize post guys. We lost Tim Doyle and Vince Scott (through graduation). How did our defense change so much? I don't understand it. We've tried a bunch of stuff defensively, and nothing seems to work. We have to do something about it, whether it's going man-to-man or pressing and falling back into something."
here's a tip, coach: you can't use the absence of last year's seniors as an excuse after your NINETEENTH game of the season. maybe in the first five or so games, but by now you should have a pretty good handle on the current roster and its limitations. i don't understand why he sounds so startled by this, like it just happened overnight. for those of you keeping track, NU is now #331/341 in effective field goal defense, allowing their opponents to shoot an astounding 55.7%.