Northwestern (2-1) fell to the Butler Bulldogs (2-0) in brutal fashion on Wednesday night in Indianapolis, as Kamar Baldwin drilled a game-winning jumper over Gavin Skelly with 0.5 seconds left to hand the Wildcats a 70-68 defeat. It was Northwestern’s first loss of the season in the Wildcats’ first contest against a fellow power-conference foe.
After the game, Chris Collins spoke to the media about the tough loss.
- On his team’s offensive mistakes: “We had 16 turnovers. that’s not characteristic of us...In a two-point game, those are big plays.”
- On the close game: “It was an outstanding game between two good teams.” He said Butler is “a heck of a team.”
- On Kamar Baldwin’s game-winning shot: “Give Baldwin credit...I think we played him pretty well. The kid made a pretty good shot.”
- On what to take from this game: “This one hurts, no question about it. There are no moral victories.”
- On his team: “I like my team. I’m proud of these guys’ heart. I thought we played tough, we played poised.”
- On prepping for Butler: “We had three games of film to watch. You can see that the kid [Baldwin] is talented...They did a good job on Bryant.”
- On Aaron Falzon’s limited play: “It’s hard, he’s hurt...We’re trying to get him ready to play game in and game out.”
- On Bryant McIntosh: “He's done nothing but get better and better since we've gotten him...He's led us to become a better program."
- On Vic Law: “He has always been a good shooter. That's one of the more underrated parts of his game."
- On forcing the ball in Law’s hands: “We did a good job getting him some more looks...He's playing really well and I'm proud of him."
- On Butler's defensive gameplan: "They made a conscious effort to take McIntosh out of the game."