Random Thoughts: Browsing the Box
Purple Reign Toomler
Posted Nov 22, 2006
Coach Roy

Coach Roy can be a bit of a statistics nerd, but he likes to see statistically who is really performing over an entire game. If you check out the Northwestern Wildcat box score from last night's game with Brown, a few things about the 2006-07 team start to stick out....

For one thing, if Tim Doyle continues scoring like this,
The Northwestern Wildcats will have found some vocal leadership and scoring in the big kid from Long Island.

Doyle put in a fine performance, 17 points on 8 of 12 FG shooting, 4 rebounds, 8 Assists, a block and 2 steals in 35 minutes of play. The only blot on the record were 2 turnovers [the Cats had 12 total] but all in all a good performance from a Senior Leader. Bill Carmody's comment?
The guy can make plays. Tonight he was finding the guys around the basket for some lay-ups and he finished some off himself. It was a good night for him and he should play like that all the time - NU Sports
In the battle of the point guards, Jason Okrzesik had a decent night off the bench, playing 19 minutes and scoring 10. - he also had 2 turnovers. The starting Point Guard, Craig Moore seems to be shaking off some more of his rust and early injuries as he scored 6 in 16 minutes of play. I personally thing Moore is still the #1 at PG, but Jason O is putting on the pressure - something that seems to stimulate Moore.
Sterling Williams was showing what he contributes, as he settles into the shooting guard spot - 4 points isn't much, but he grabbed 6 defensive rebounds on the game. When he finds his rhythm, Williams will be smart enough to come up big.

I like Kevin Coble's contributions. 11 points in 21 minutes, a block, 2 steals but only one offensive rebound. The Cats need a hot shooting forward to keep defenses honest. Cobble is a perfect "other guy" to Doyle.

One of them should have a hot night every night as opponents have to "chose their own poison."

The Centers, Vince Scott and Ivan Tolic combined for 10 points - but they also added 7 rebounds. Scott had 5 assists against 2 turnovers, had a block and 2 steals in 22 minutes, but when will his 3 pointer from the top of the key come back? Tolic played 16 minutes, had an assist and 2 blocks.

We got to see Jeff Ryan a little more last night. His 19 minutes led to 4 points, 2 rebounds, 2 steals 2 assists. More play, more shooting, more scoring.

The Cats were a little better on free throws, 6 for 9, Moore was 3-3 from the charity stripe.

The Cats were red hot in the first half, shooting 66.7% from the floor and the same from the arc, but the missed 1 3 pointers in the 2nd half after making 4 of 6 in the first half. 25% three pointers doesn't cut it in the Big 10, especially with the Carmody style offense.

The teacher took the student to the woodshed last night. Brown coach [and former Carmody player/assistant coach] Craig Robinson is trying to teach a new system to a team that keeps getting injured. The Bears shot only 28.6% in the game, and were even out rebounded by the Wildcats.

But all in all, the senior leader, Tim Doyle really showed his stuff last night. The Cats have played too long without a vocal guy on and off the court, leading the Wildcats to victory. According to Carmody:
He took control and made sure we won the game. That's the way I saw it
Heck Coach, that's what the seniors are supposed to do, right?
-- da Coach

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