By: Bo Bowen
After a pair of too close for comfort victories to start 2-0, Northwestern men’s basketball will face its first true test of the season in the Creighton Blue Jays. The Wildcats have continued their winning ways of last year’s 24-12 campaign with wins over Loyola (MD) and St. Peter’s.
Chris Collins’ squad will face off against a Big East foe in 2-0 Creighton. The Blue Jays are led by dynamic senior guard Marcus Foster, who has scored 23 points in each of his games this season. Khyri Thomas rounds off the backcourt which has been the strength for the Blue Jays this season. One matchup to watch will be Northwestern’s front court defending Martin Krampelj, who has grabbed 10.5 rebounds per game this year.
Northwestern’s biggest issue thus far has been shooting. The Wildcats are shooting 44.4 percent from the field and a poor 29.7 percent from behind the arc. Scottie Lindsey leads Northwestern with 19 points per game, however Northwestern has lacked bench scoring thus far. We know the Wildcats are solid on defense, but without production on the other end of the floor, this team could struggle more than it already has.
Creighton marks the Wildcats’ first true test of the season in a Creighton team that was a No. 6 seed in the NCAA tournament last season. Northwestern has underperformed through two games against less-talented opponents. If Chris Collins and his team want to leave Allstate Arena with a W, they will have to elevate their game from where they have been playing.