Northwestern gets huge win at Wisconsin

SONG SELECTION:

“Believe (Nobody Knows)” by My Morning Jacket

From The Waterfall, Released May 4, 2015 via Capitol Records

Brian McIntosh had probably the game of his life on Sunday evening in Madison’s Kohl Center.  He scored a game high 25 points and Northwestern did a solid job on defense holding Ethan Happ to only 9 points in a nice 66-59 victory.  This pretty much should secure the Wildcats reaching their first ever NCAA tournament appearance.

A 10-0 run opened the second half, although the Badgers got to as close as five points with 42 seconds left.  However, Wisconsin shot only 38 percent for the game and committed 12 turnovers to Northwestern coughing up the ball six times.

This was a program win and a quality win as well.  Even without leading scorer Scottie Lindsey still trying to recover from his recent bout of mononucliosis, Head Coach Chris Collins has his kids believing in dreaming big dreams–and it is great to see.  And who knows, maybe the CBS and Turner cameras might be zooming in a bit on Julia Louis-Dreyfus rooting on her son, Charlie Hall.

Besides Northwestern, there were other schools that did very well over the weekend as I bring you my latest Stock Up, Stock Down segment of the blog.

Stock Up:  Gonzaga for completely taking the zany crowd at St. Mary’s in being oh so patient milking every possession possible.  The ‘Zags needed a statement win and they got one.

Also to Kansas, Duke, and Notre Dame for some statement wins on Saturday.

Stock Down:  Florida State, for basically having their offense not show up in South Bend and allowing Bonize Colson to simply go off by lighting up the Purcell Pavilion scoreboards with 33 points.  Also to Butler losing the lead and briefly their tempers in Providence by a 71-65 count, St. Mary’s and Belmont for losing at Tennessee Tech 83-70.

On Monday, look for my next edition of Under The Microscope as I will highlight a pair of mid-majors looking to state their cases to be one of the 36 at-large teams come less than a month from now.  Please have a good night and a great week ahead.

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