"We're always going to attack inside out", said assistant coach Tommy Lloyd, who compiled the scouting report. "We have to live with them".
Will other teams try to mimick SDSU's strategy?
Asked if he secretly wished there were a few more UCLAs and Arizonas on the schedule every year, junior guard Silas Melson responded: "Honest answer, yes". We like playing when fans are against us. Meanwhile, a group of players huddled around a cardboard March Madness logo, each player signing it as a keepsake of the team that did what no other Northwestern team had done before that. "That brings more fun, brings more competitiveness to us and brings out our best". "Our entity and our brand are national now". If he can smooth the edges and round out his foundation, that could be just the factor that would allow this Northwestern team to turn the corner and beat teams like Gonzaga in games such as Saturday's, as well as allow Law to turn the corner towards becoming the truly special player - on both the conference and national scale - that he could be. On one hand, not even a coach as emotional as Collins can afford to cost his team two points in a close game by receiving an unacceptable technical. Williams-Goss was a non-factor until late exchanges at the free throw line, hitting just one of his nine field goal attempts and turning the ball over three times, unable to shake Law off the dribble or hit over his lengthy and well-timed contests.
It's tough being a fan of Northwestern today, as the Wildcats are in a spirited battle with Gonzaga in the second-round of the NCAA Tournament. "We fell a little short today, but it's been an incredible ride", said senior forward Sanjay Lumpkin. "But they don't want to talk about the plays we made down the stretch".
I hope we all find something we love as much as this kid loves Northwestern basketball. Tillie added eight points, five boards, one block and one steal. That's really not the case.
Like he had successfully against so many defenders before this season, Williams-Goss accepted the challenge and tried to take matters into his own hands.
But as forward Calvin Hermanson said, "the scoreboard's still on". Arizona looks like a team that could win the whole thing.
"I didn't really think about what happened here [in 2013]", Karnowski said. "We hadn't shown that yet obviously in the tournament".
BIG EAST REUNION: The Big East is back, if only for a day. Gonzaga now moves to play 4th seed West Virgina. While he had a right to be upset, Chris Collins had been flirting with a tech all game with some of his sideline protestations, and the refs rightfully had enough when he ran onto the court. We just came up a little bit too short. "We need guys to be receivers".
Bernard played pick-up ball and spent social time with numerous Seminoles a year ago when he played at Florida A&M, which is also in Tallahassee. They're undersized with a 6-foot-8, 235-pound Dererk Pardon at center, but still rank 19th in blocked shots.