A road win against a pretty good, pretty desperate Big Ten team when you shoot 25% from 3 and have a couple questionable calls go against you is a good thing.
For all the talk about Eli’s limitations, he was absolutely huge. He come off the bench, cold, and hit a huge, no hesitation, absolutely pure 3 and made the extra pass to Iggy quickly and on the money. Northwestern went right after him on defense too and I think got 1 2pt basket in 3 tries.
Poole played great down the stretch, stayed within himself, very impressive.
Iggy is good.
Matthews I thought was maybe pressing a bit in front of the semi-hometown crowd. I’d like to see a replay of that travel late in the game. That was beautiful action and he had a clear lane. Seemed like a questionable call in real time.
Simpson’s worst play might actually have been the TO on the attempted alley-oop in transition that led to an and-1 going the other way. As for his 3s, he has one game with 4 and 1 in all the others. I do think he needs to shoot wide open 3s - and 0-5 is very different than even 29%, where he was last year - but I think JB will come up with other ways to take advantage if teams ignore him, including spreading the floor and letting him get downhill into the lane.
Northwestern plays good defense. Pardon and Law are really good. Could be 2-0 with wins at Assembly Hall and over Michigan but are 0-2 instead. They’ll win a bunch of games though and I could see them making the tourney. .