Close Game, No Win: UVa 48-NU 44

Close Game, No Win: UVa 48-NU 44

<i>I just didn't think we made plays we had to make -- </i>Bill Carmody after the game. <p>The troubles for the <b>Wildcats</b> continued at home Wednesday night as the <b>Virginia Cavaliers</b> used a good performance by Senior Center <b>Elton Brown</b> to sneak past NU 48-44...<br>

3 Starters played all 40 minutes....
And Brandon Lee was the first guy off the bench, as Bill Carmody played a slightly different rotation to try to beat the UVa Cavaliers Wednesday night.

Yes, it was great to see the "kids" under the basket and to hear the NU Pep Band playing Hey Baby, and Go U Northwestern. It was great to see the Cats stay close, and run off some longer scoring runs.

Senior Center Davor Duvancic [10 pts], Junior Forward Vedran Vukusic [16] and Junior Guard T.J. Parker [6] all played the entire game. They combined for 32 of NU's 44 points, but the Wildcats couldn't find an answer for UVa Center Elton Brown who shot 7 of 13 for 15 points and grabbed 12 rebounds to pace the Cavs.

Brandon Lee and Timmy Doyle both hit for 5 points each, and Evan Seacat missed his one shot as NU shot 17 of 46 [37%] from the floor and 7 of 21 [33%] from the arc. The Cats did make 3 of 4 free throws.

NU was rebounding a little better tonight - they finished with 25 compared to UVa's 33, but most of the Cav's boards came late in the game. Another weak spot in the NU game were the 16 turnovers vs 6 steals.

Early in the game, it looked like NU was getting their back door cuts going, but UVa kept making adjustments and forcing the Cats out of their game and it seemed that NU just couldn't make the important shot when it counted.

After the game, NU Coach Bill Carmody was asked where he thought the Cats came up short in the game.

BC: You know how they were playing the zone and they're not pressing - it was at our tempo, its a man-to-man team and I think we had 16 or 17 turnovers so how are you going to turn the ball over that many times and win a game on your home court and a team that's playing a pretty passive zone?

That's discouraging, you [we] just did not play well. You had to make some plays at the end there and we didn't make them. We got the ball inside nicely, and missed a shot.

I just didn't think we made plays we had to make.

What about Hachad's 3 pointer towards the end of the game?
BC: Well, it wasn't really in the offense - he moved around pretty nice and all and I didn't think that was a bad shot.

I didn't think we played well the whole game - it was a sloppy game both sides and but its - [pause]

They're coming on our court and to get a win, its difficult in college basketball and they did it, so you give them the credit but we just didn't control the game - we looked out of synch on our offense there and - its hard to explain.

Shon Morris talked about the increased intensity at the defensive end for the Wildcats - something you stressed the last week of practice...
BC: Yeah, I think the effort was there, but I told them, you're playing  - there is an effort and you're doing stuff with your body. You're moving around pretty decently but you're not using your heads.

There's some carelessness out there, it wasn't precise at all, so that's disappointing.

This is a veteran team. They should be precise. If you miss shots, that's one thing but they should go about their business in a way that is just - they have to pay more attention to detail, that's all I can tell you.

Next up is Chicago State Saturday evening at 7 PM. Reading week is over and the Cats will need more support from the adult fans in the stands Saturday night.

Coach Bill Carmody's Post Game comments in italics are taken from
the WGN Post Game Show
with Dave Eanet & Shon Morris
and may have been edited for clarity

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