21 February 2010

Countdown to Northwestern at Wisconsin

A thousand apologies for this late preview. As they say it's better late than never. For those of you who miss it prior to the game this may be a good time for you to google RSS and learn the virtues of that service. RSS really makes life much easier on the interwebs.

Northwestern (17-9, 6-8 Big Ten) travels to the Kohl to take on big bad Wisconsin (19-7, 9-5) at 1PM Central on Sunday February 21. The game will be televised on the Big Ten Network and radio coverage is on WGN 720-AM and wgnradio.com.

Wisconsin leads the series 108-61 which includes a 60-50 Wisconsin victory earlier this year at the Welsh. For our recap of that game see this link.

John Leuer is back in the Wisconsin lineup for this game. This will be his second game since returning from injury. He had a lackluster performance in his first game back -- a surprisingly easy victory for Minnesota at the Barn.

NU's best hope is to keep this game in the 50s and hope to sneak out a win at the end. This is not likely. NU has lost by average score of 68-49 at the Kohl during the Carmody Era. The closest game during this period was a 12 point loss during the 2007-08 season. The worst loss was last year's 74-45 beat down. Ruh Roh Raggy!

The good news is that NU has shown the ability to bounce back from tough losses. And the home loss to Penn State most certainly falls into the tough loss category. The bad news is that Wisconsin also had a tough loss prior to this game. Neither team has the motivational edge.

There are a number of Wildcat faithful who think NU could pull off the epic upset including our friends over at Welsh-Ryan Ramblings. We at Carmody Court tend to see the glass as half-full, but we can't drink this kool-ade. We'll hope for the best but expect history to repeat itself in the form of a Wisconsin blowout.