Offensively, he entered the half coming off of three halves of NCAA Tournament basketball where he had shot just 2-13 for a combined five points and looked altogether overwhelmed around the basket and unsure of himself with the ball in his hands on the perimeter.
The Wildcats were the victims of a awful non-call Saturday by officials who missed an obvious goaltending violation on a shot by center Dererk Pardon. This kid that was shown on CBS during the Northwestern-Gonzaga game is all of us.
As for the fight back into the game, that was reminiscent of the season, said center Dererk Pardon. You'll be like every other fan base that thinks it got jobbed somehow. "I really liked playing at the end with Z-bo and handling it how we handled it".
Northwestern Coach Chris Collins is called for a technical foul during the pivotal sequence of its loss to Gonzaga. But, Bulldogs forward Zach Collins went up to block the shot and stuck his hand through the rim to stop the basket.
Northwestern head coach Chris Collins went berserk when the foul wasn't called, and drew a technical foul for his team. The came out aggressive, and showed poise on the defensive end with two steals outscoring Gonzaga 9-3 with Guard/Forward Sanjay Lumpkin breakaway throw down as exclamation point in the process forcing Gonzaga to call a time out trailing 44-29 with 16:05 remaining. Fans often are glued to the offensive numbers but Few stressed the importance of defense, too. The officiating shouldn't have been the story. They're outstanding officials. They made the calls.
The Wildcats, making their first trip to the NCAA tournament, had been labeled as a March Madness Cinderella and a David (to top-seeded Gonzaga's Goliath). "They're good. They can do that on a daily basis". This season, the team won a program-record 24 games, reached the Big Ten Tournament semifinals, experienced the vast joy of Selection Sunday for the first time and captured a win over Vanderbilt in the program's first-ever NCAA tournament game earlier this week. The Bulldogs faced the pressure and won - like they have done all season long. That wafted throughout the clubhouse and Wrigley Field. There is your ball game, people.
These Cats saw no reason why they shouldn't win. They made enough history for a documentary, and the future looks even better. Collins certainly believes that's the case.
Gonzaga and NU traded blows to start, locked in a 6-6 tie early. Over the weekend, the Illini hired Oklahoma State's Brad Underwood as their coach.
As the Northwestern locker room began to empty a bit Saturday, it was players - not reporters - walking up to one another and asking questions. He was a long-time assistant at Western Illinois. "I know if he's putting that faith in me I have to take care of business". Bryant McIntosh and Law combined to score 28 of the Wildcats' points in the second stanza. "But that's something we've faced and something I've faced all the time I've been at Northwestern, when everything has been overshadowed".
IL is in neither camp, but perhaps Underwood will find the answer that has been missing for too long in Champaign.