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Tuesday News:

Kareem Maddox represents Princeton on the latest Ivy League Men's Basketball Weekly Release.

Brian Delaney of the Ithaca Journal picks Maddox as his Ivy League Player of the Year midway though conference play.

The Cornell Daily Sun recaps Princeton's victory over the Big Red.

Pete Carril was a guest on the Grant Napear Show.

Is the heat building on Bill Carmody at Northwestern?

Princeton recruit Clay Wilson is averaging 27.7 ppg and 3.6 assists for Lincoln Christian.

The New York Post ranks the Tigers as the second-best team in the region.

New Met pitcher Chris Young arrived at training camp in Port St. Lucie. Young talked to Adam Rubin from ESPN New York.

R.W. Enoch, Jr. said,

February 15, 2011 @ 11:49 am

Interesting article on Carmody. I've wondered to myself for a while now about why there hasn't been more pressure on him. I know it's one of the weaker schools in a very strong conference, but even so, I can't imagine even N'western accepting this middling, berthless performance for very long.

David Lewis said,

February 15, 2011 @ 8:00 pm

It's surprising that Nortwestern fans want to fire Carmody. He has the best winning percentage of any Northwestern coach in the last 30 years. The team needs a center. I remember a few years back Princeton was playing Stanford on ESPN and losing by I think 35 points. Carill was at the game and the announcer interviewed him and asked "what's wrong with Princeton?" Carill's response was "Get a center and they'll be fine." Northwestern's only real weakness is that they do not have a center who can score or rebound. Carmody will get this straightened out. That being said, he should never have let Kevin Coble walk away. That guy was one of the best players in the Big Ten, something that doesn't happen to Northwestern often.

Steven Postrel said,

February 15, 2011 @ 9:41 pm

What cracks me up is people who say NU should get a coach with strong local high school and AAU contacts (e.g. one of the commanders on the Tribune article). They've tried that before, with disastrous results.

My complaint is that Carmody seems to be bent on proving that he's not a stodgy, slowdown coach. When NU slowed the pace against Ohio State, they looked great. But he keeps talking about wanting the team to play loose and easy, has them shooting quickly, and uses a high-risk trapping defense that further speeds up the game. I don't get it.

Jon Solomon said,

February 15, 2011 @ 9:47 pm

Unfortunately, the Wildcats' class of 2011 does not include a true center. That's a problem.

Northwestern also needs to improve their non-conference scheduling several fold. A slew of 200+ and 300+ RPI schools isn't doing the team any good and gives them zero margin for error. Getting fat on the 100-199 schools (and there are tons in the MAC and other midwestern conferences) would improve the team's profile considerably.

David Lewis said,

February 16, 2011 @ 8:20 am

Great points by both Jon and Steve. Northwestern always looks great in the pre-season when they play weaker teams or teams that are unafmiliar with them. For much of this season they were one of the leading scoring teams in the Big Ten. I think it was against Georgia Tech when they scored 55 points in the first half. However, when they get to the Big Ten schedule the other teams know their stuff and how to defend it. I don't think they have ever scored more than 60 points against Penn State, a middle to lower tier Big Ten team. Against Big Ten competition they need to make other teams play defense for 30 seconds per possession. Get them out of their rythym and frustrate them. This is a good lesson for Princeton as well. If they make the post-season, they should not try to run up and down the floor. They tried that against Duke and got blown out.

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