Northwestern coach Bill Carmody answered questions during the Big Ten weekly conference call with media members on Monday morning. Here are some highlights:
Carmody summing up a week that saw the Cats defeat No. 12 Minnesota and lose at Nebraska: "We had a nice win against Minnesota and a tough loss at Nebraska. We didn't shoot the ball in either game well. We were able to pull it out against Minnesota but our shooting woes continued into Nebraska. They did a nice job on us defensively and challenged us to shoot he ball and we weren't able to knock it down.
"We just have to figure out how we're going to score, basically, we took a lot of threes the other day. Sometimes when teams are playing off you, and are giving you that, you have to knock them down. If you do you can make a few more things open up a little bit but we weren't able to do that. We're hoping to do that Wednesday at Michigan and then home against Purdue."
Carmody said improving the offense is as simple as making more shots: "If teams are playing you from top of the key in you have to make shots. It's not just us, it's everybody. If you're not then you don't get easy baskets. We don't have a real scoring threat inside, like a post game, and not many teams really have that. Three our four do. Maybe they get something off the backboards, second shots and stuff. In the past we've gotten easy baskets because we open things up with our long-range shooting and we get layups. When we're missing those it's really difficult for your offense and it seems like it has happened to us a lot this year."
The Wildcats play at No. 2 Michigan on Wednesday and host Purdue Saturday.