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[0:00-0:24] A full student section settles in to watch an early defensive battle between two mediocre teams from two great conferences.
[0:25-0:50] Freshman Wildcat Center Alex Olah’s face bloodied in a collision below the rim, the last time he would make any physical contact with another basketball player in his college career.
[0:50-1:00] Terrapins Forward David Wells drives down the court unmolested for an easy layup, providing two of his 23 points on the evening.
[1:01-1:20] A senior transfer from Albany named Logan Aronhalt makes three of five attempts beyond the arc, cashing in on the corner blind spots of the Wildcats’ 1-3-1 defense.
[1:21-1:45] The stands begin to empty with eight minutes left in the game as Maryland dominates the second half. Reggie Hearn misses a three-point attempt.
[1:46-2:10] A new-look Wildcats offense including Demps, Ajou, and Montgomery fail to score in the game’s waning minutes and watch Terp Alley Oops slam home on the other side of the court.
Last week I said November basketball doesn’t matter. Yet my hair is literally falling out onto the keyboard as I think through this game. Here’s what we learned Tuesday night:
- Evanston is a long way from South Padre Island. The team looked dead against Maryland, probably (hopefully) because they played four games last week, two in Evanston and two in two days on the Mexican border. Their legs should be back Saturday afternoon against UIC.
- We’re the same team we’ve always been. Coaches and commentators had started to brag on Northwestern’s improved defense and bench, but the game against Maryland ended that. For better or worse, NU still plays the same old Carmody way: Play slow, make shots, defend terribly. They just weren’t making their shots on Tuesday (6-25 beyond the arc not what we’re used to).
- Olah doesn’t know how to use his size yet. He’s just a freshman but I find it incredibly frustrating that we have a competent seven-footer and he plays the high post the whole game. But it was clear from his matchup with his opposite number and opposite Alex Len, that Olah’s not the physical strength and offensive rebounds kind of guy. Maybe that’s not in Carmody’s game plan, or maybe that comes later.
- Reggie Hearn is every bit as good as Drew Crawford. One is averaging 13 points, 5 rebounds, 2 assists, and a steal per game while the other is averaging 14 points, 4 rebounds, 2 assists, and a steal per game. Matchups don’t account for all of that.