i know what you're all thinking, Northwestern fans. this team still had an outside shot at the NCAA tournament, but you can't believe they blew it with a bad loss at Iowa. keep your head up. on Wednesday Northwestern was simply topped by a superior opponent.
i mean, before last night, Iowa's best win was over RPI #177 Drake. that means Iowa is the third best team in the state. THIRD! in the whole state! that's certainly nothing to sneeze at; third place gets you a bronze medal in Vancouver.
clearly this Iowa team was due for a win. sure they'd lost four in a row, but their fans didn't give up. a whole 8,697 people showed up for the game. some may point out that Carver-Hawkeye Arena has never seen a smaller crowd for a conference game, but it's just that the fans knew Iowa was going to win. and the fans knew the players would go shake hands with the crowd
after the win, so the good folks of Iowa didn't want to tire out the players by forcing them to meet with too many visitors. can you imagine if each of the 15,500 seats had been filled? that's a lot of glad-handing!
now, regarding Northwestern's brilliant coach, William Carmody. i've read a few article this morning that accuse Mr. Carmody of odd substitution patterns and an ineffective defensive strategy. well, i checked the numbers and i don't know what those people are talking about. it is true that Drew Crawford played his fewest minutes since December 1 and Mike Capocci played his most minutes of any game this season. but in case you haven't been paying attention, Drew is awfully talented and athletic and has been drawing lots of acclaim from the media and fans. Mr. Carmody's foremost responsibility is to maintain a positive locker room and ensure all his players are happy. if he keeps giving all those minutes to Drew, then Mike or some of the other bench players might become jealous.
and regarding the defense, Mr. Carmody and Northwestern win games with a 1-3-1 zone defense. that's what helped NU beat Michigan State last year, and that's what has earned Mr. Carmody effusive praise. we can't be troubled when other teams take the time to "scout" or "prepare" or "make adjustments." and Mr. Carmody certainly can't be expected to know that Iowa has attempted the most three point shots of any team in the conference. no, Northwestern plays a 1-3-1 zone defense, and if a team happens to come up with an opposing strategy that defeats it, all we can do is tip our cap to them.
other NU fans out there are saying NU played badly and using all kinds of "insightful analysis
" to point out the things that Northwestern did wrong. but obviously those people didn't see this headline
. that makes much more sense. see? the Wildcats were a victim - they didn't do anything wrong.