• Coach K Pays Northwestern Visit After Team Snaps Skid

    Posted: December 8th, 2013


    Northwestern coach Chris Collins admitted he wasn’t known for his defense when he played at Duke.

    “So for [Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski] to be at one of my games where my team holds a team to 35 points, that means a lot to me,” ­Collins said.

    Krzyzewski watched from the stands as the Wildcats limited Western Michigan to 24.4 percent shooting in a 51-35 victory Saturday at Welsh-Ryan Arena.

    “It was great to see him and hear what he had to say. It was an honor to have him in the building,” said guard/forward Drew Crawford, who had 15 points and nine rebounds to help Northwestern (5-5) snap a three-game losing streak.

    Crawford said Krzyzewski addressed the team after the game.

    “His message was keep fighting as a team and make sure we are doing things together and playing with the right attitude,” Crawford said.

    That attitude started defensively, and with some slight tweaks to the starting lineup. James Montgomery and Nikola Cerina started at guard and ­center instead of Dave Sobolewski and Alex Olah.

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We win and we lose together. Handling the responsibility for wins and losses together removes the burden from one individual’s shoulders and distributes it among each member of the team. That atmosphere is conducive to high-level performance and places you and your team in the position to be bold and unafraid, and if you should lose, you are not alone.

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