Gottlieb likes the 'Cats
Northwestern. Yes, I wrote it, and I'll write it again -- Northwestern is a potential top-40 team. Granted, Michael "Juice" Thompson and Kevin Coble have to find some shooting help, as Craig Moore graduated. But John Shurna played great for Team USA and is a tough cover, and although the Wildcats' rebounding and interior defense remain problematic, they beat Michigan State and Purdue on the road last season and might have made it to the NCAA tournament for the first time had they not collapsed against Illinois at home. Rising sophomore Kyle Rowley is the key. He needs to use his massive frame to rebound and stay out of foul trouble.
i can't imagine that Bill Carmody is psyched that people actually have EXPECTATIONS about the upcoming season. i guess now we'll find out what he can do with a better than awful roster (although let's be honest, compared to the rest of BCS basketball, NU's talent level is still pretty terrible.)