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???


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...


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.

12/8/08, 8:52 AM  

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