It was a pretty bad afternoon Sunday for the Wildcats in Minnesota, where they dropped their contest to the Golden Gophers 75-52. NU missed its first 14 shots and went on to shoot only 30 percent (9 of 30) from the field in the first half and a paltry 32.7 percent (18 of 55) for the game. It was the second consecutive loss for the Wildcats and the second in a row where the 'Cats lost by at least 20.
"We had a rough night last night at Minnesota and we missed our first 14 shots, and I don't know if that's really ever happened," coach Bill Carmody said Monday. "Our first few shots were layups and then there were some blocked shots, then we had a wide open three-pointer in the corner and another missed layup and more blocked shots. . ."
If there can be any good news out of that loss it is that guard Alex Marcotullio returned after suffering a concussion Jan. 14 against Michigan State. Marcotullio came off the bench and went 4 of 8 from the field, scoring 11 points and dishing out four assists. Besides John Shurna (21 points), Marcotullio was the most productive Wildcat.
But Carmody wants to see more sharing from his players. The Wildcats had only 12 assists and Carmody said he wants to see at least 15-20 per game.
With NU's next game not until Saturday at Welsh-Ryan against Purdue, Carmody will have plenty of time to drill the concept of sharing into his players. Carmody said the team is taking Monday off and will get back to work in earnest on Tuesday.