Random Thoughts: Put aside the "cardiac cats"

Moore Running the Point a few years ago.

And concentrate on some of the real positives that came out of last night's Big 10/ACC Challenge game in Evanston, as Northwestern defeated Miami [Fla] 61-59.

From what I saw.... [and now that's I'm more awake...]
Craig Moore is breaking out of his early season funk - BC hinted at the Fast Break Club Tip off that Moore was having physical problems, and tonight alluded to an ankle injury and that he had recovered [tore off the tape and the brace].

His long "pass to nowhere" at the end of the game sealed the win for the Wildcats.

Sterling Williams is turning into a defensive machine - they don't keep a "shots made over" stat, but he has to be close to the bottom in terms of other team's points scored on people he's guarding. If he ever gets his shooting stroke going...

Kevin Coble is turning into a real presence inside and out. His play means that opponents have to guard both him and Doyle up front.

Jeremy Nash and Jeff Ryan are starting to show they belong on the floor for the Wildcats. Both hit 3 pointers last night, Nash's was his first college trey.

Jason Okrzesik is also playing like a man born to play in the NU/Carmody system. Watching him work with Moore makes you wonder just how good he'd be if he had come to NU out of HS instead of trying to play at Rice.

Is Vince Scott turning into a 6-10 point guard? With a few nifty passes last night that should have led to scores and more assists for him [still had 3]. How often do you see 3 assists from a center in a game, or 20 in 6 games?

Ivan Tolic is finally able to play and contributed more than just his 4 points in 12 minutes. Now that his knees have healed, he's the "wide body" that Carmody recruited all those years ago.

Weak spot? - same old story, offensive rebounds. We had 5 to Miami's 19 leading to Miami scoring 14 2nd chance points. Miami was way behind in Points in the Paint until the end of the game when they finally were able to work inside. But then many of those points inside were put backs. NU did get 17 points off Miami's 13 turnovers.

You gotta love Tim Doyle's play and passing on the court, you don't have to love errant passes or his freethrow shooting last night [7 of 11], but then the Cats shot only 55% from the charity stripe as a team.

Anyway, this team showed they can force a high scoring running team into their game. Coach Mitch Henderson "fixed" Moore's 3 point shot, maybe now they can work on free throws?

But this was a really nice win as the Cats head into finals week and Bill Carmody [and his assistants] go in search of another Big Man for the future.
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