Fired Bill Carmody: Defense continues to dominate

Saturday, December 06, 2008

Defense continues to dominate

there wasn't much doubt about this one.  NU jumped out to leads of 7-0 and 20-8 on their way to a 31-16 halftime lead, and DePaul never got closer than 13 in the second half.  Coble and Moore combined for 39 points and went 7/15 from 3PT, but this one was about the defense:  36 points allowed, 24% FG defense, 3/15 3PT defense, only two Blue Demons scored more than 5 points.  all of that adds up to DePaul's lowest point total since 1949.

NU now sits at 6-1 and look like they will enter conference play at 8-2.  i'm projecting a loss at Stanford and wins in home games against the 3-6 UMKC Kangaroos (although they do have wins over Valley teams Bradley and Wichita State) and 3-3 SMU. (i'm not impressed by wins over Houston Baptist, Alabama State and Texas A&M International)
i'm not going to stop complaining about the attendance (again less than 50% full today), but the way this team is playing is a little startling.  it's not just the wins or even the margin of victory.  these guys are playing (and shooting) with a ton of confidence in a way that i haven't seen since the days of Evan Eschmeyer.  and that confidence apparently has seeped into the fan base.  text messages i received during the game today included "this team is going to win the big ten" and "I'm in for march madness.  punch my ticket."  i even found myself wondering if we'd move into the "Others Receiving Votes" category on Monday.  dare we dream???

4 Comments:

Blogger patlos17 said...

Does anyone else get the feeling that this is the TEAM Carmody has dreamed of since his stay here? I feel as though watching his antics on the sidelines that he is even more energized this year. Aside from the obvious ft problems i see every reason in the world to be really excited about this team.

12/7/08, 11:12 AM  
Blogger patlos17 said...

FSU FLORIDA ON NESN, COULD BE A GOOD ONE!

12/7/08, 6:47 PM  
Blogger Chicken Fried Texan said...

Why has this taken almost decade!? Frankly, I still concur that we should start over with a new coach. I think the recruting has been lax and this is a systematic problem. That the team is doing well this year (or just a few games) may just be an anomoly.

Still, with the same hopes for success as every year, I do plan to find out when the games are on TV.

12/7/08, 9:26 PM  
Blogger nuttinbutapeanut said...

RPI #7, two spots ahead of duke.

http://realtimerpi.com/rpi_Men.html

12/8/08, 8:52 AM  

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