05 December 2012

maryland 77 NORTHWESTERN 57 (F)

A week ago Tuesday NU's win streak in the ACC-B1G challenge was snapped at four thanks to an NBA-esque Maryland front court and fleet footed back court.  NU hung for about 22 minutes until Maryland figured they could just lob it down low for easy hoops and speed past the slower footed NU defenders for fast break layups.

NU sorely missed Ricola Cerina whose wide body could have helped neutralize at least one of Maryland's behemoths down low.  Still it's hard to imagine NU winning this game even if Cerina were available.

In the bigger picture the ACC clawed out an improbable 6-6 tie in the Challenge.  We read somewhere that the Challenge adheres to the Ryder Cup tiebreaker rules meaning in the event of a tie the Cup is retained by the most recent winner.  That would be the B1G.  So close yet so far ACC.  Better luck next time.