18 November 2011

NU 69 Tulsa 63 (F)

So far so good.  NU (3-0) won a closely contested battle with the Golden Hurricanes this afternoon thanks in no small part to Drew Crawford's efforts.  Crawford picked up where he left off in the second half of yesterday's victory over LSU with solid all around play.  Drew scored a game high and efficient 28 points on 11-19 shooting including 5-8 from downtown.  He also collected 4 boards, 1 assist, 1 block, and 1 steal.

Crawford's efforts were needed because Shurna was slowed down by Tulsa's focused defensive efforts and the length of soph center Kodi Maduka.  Shurna managed to score 15 points but needed 16 shots to do so.  Sobolewski played a solid 35 minutes while tallying 9 points and, more importantly, 3 assists to zero turnover ratio.  This kid's ball handling and decision making is impressive given this was just his third game at the collegiate level.  Reggie Hearn also got the start, and we like what he brings to the table on the defensive end, and he can take advantage of open shots on offense while at the same time not making dumb decisions.  The other starter, Mirkovic, had a better game than yesterday but still nothing to write home to Belgrade about.

Off the bench, Cobb looked a bit shaky while Curletti and Marcotullio again had games to forget.  For some reason fans love to make excuses for Marcotullio while nit pick every little thing that Mirkovic doesn't do perfectly.  Mirk ain't exactly Superman out there, but these increasingly common calls for going small are simply ridiculous. Mirk is at worst serviceable.  We think that he's just getting warmed up.

Next up is Seton Hall on Sunday evening at 730pm Central.  NU last played the Hall back in December 2006 in a forgettable 44-42 victory.  We're grateful we weren't around to witness such an epic thriller.  Anywho this year the Hall is comparable to NU at least per Sagarin and Pomeroy.  Color us skeptical about the Hall as memories of how overrated the Big Least was last year is fresh in our memories.