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‘Cats – UIC
Bill Carmody and crew return to action today vs in-state foe, University of Illinois-Chicago at 1pm at Welsh-Ryan. The game will be tape delayed on Comcast Sports Net Chicago tonight at 7pm ct and will be available on BTN2Go. The Flames are a much improved 5-1 squad and most recently downed NIU by 12. The two teams are 3-3 alltme and are meeting for the first time since a UIC win in Evanston in 2005.
The ‘Cats desperately need to get back on track today as a battle at Top 20 Baylor looms on Tuesday night. After the 77-57 blowout loss to Maryland on Tuesday, NU will likely need to beat at least Baylor and/or Butler, Stanford to keep that non-conference resume looking OK.
Reggie Hearn led the way Tuesday with 19 points, but our live-by-three, die-by-the-three system proved deathly. The absence of Drew Crawford for big stretches and Jared Swopshire foul trouble impact our rebounding, a Carmody-era Achilles heel. NU had vastly improved in this department thanks to Alex Olah, who wasn’t quite up to the test of playing that kind of talent. I’ve got high hopes that this is the type of game he could flourish in. We’ll be back in a bit.