Here's what Northwestern coach Chris Collins had to say after the 80-67 loss to Central Michigan:
- Collins called Northwestern's performance "a terrible effort," and said in his postgame radio interview that if Western Michigan, Northwestern's opponent on Saturday, watches the game tape from Wednesday, it will make WMU "very confident."
- Collins said that CMU's trio of guards dominated the game.
- Collins: "Personally, I don’t take anything positive out of this game... We were out-everything-ed."
- Collins was awfully disappointed in the way his team competed on the defensive end. "I don't think we've had full investment," he said. This was Northwestern's identity last year, and they need to get back to it.
- In terms of defensive Xs and Os, Collins said Northwestern defended drivers and the pick-and-roll poorly, which put too much pressure on help defenders.
- Collins: "Last year, we had a lot of weaknesses and found a way to focus on our strengths." This year's team hasn't done that yet.
- Collins: "You've got to find a way... a way to win with what we have. We'll see if we have that [mindset]. Our guys will have to respond."