Ella BrockwayCopy Chief. The victory over Indiana gained Collins admittance into a club with only two other members: The Daily sat down with Collins on the heels of his th win and talked through some of his biggest wins at NU during his five and a half seasons in Evanston. It was also a good omen for what would come ahead: What Collins says now: You always remember that, walking out and being out here in Welsh-Ryan.
I remember the nerves, and so badly wanting to get that first win. It was a good night.
We got off to a little bit of a slow start, it was a low-scoring game, but I remember winning and how excited we all were because it was the start of a new journey. And we were losing at halftime. I remember that being a really low moment … because part of me was unsure about what was going to lie ahead.
And then a month later, to go there with that same group of guys, and to win in the Kohl Center, against a Final Four team. I still, to this day, have a picture of those five guys that were on the floor at the end of the game above my desk. The Cats entered this one on a ten-game losing streak, and when Iowa hit a buzzer-beater to send the game to overtime, it seemed like the streak might stretch to The NU defense — which finished with 12 blocks — held steady in overtime.
And with help from then-freshman guard Bryant McIntosh, who scored 18, the Cats picked up a memorable win. We were in the Big Tenwe had lost 10 in a row. That led to us winning five of our last seven.
That was really important, for that group … McIntosh, Vic Law, Scottie Lindsey, they were all freshmen, so that was obviously another memorable win towards the growth of our program. The Badgers were ranked No.
We knew we were in position for the postseason. We had played really well when we lost Scottie, we were in the league, overall and we knew we were going to be without him. And to win that game without Scottie that night, and the way everyone stepped up was another huge win towards us making the NCAA Tournament that year.
March 1, vs. To me, that was kind of the storybook finish to the movie.
I mean, we still might have gone, but we knew we needed one more marquee win in order to go to the tournament. So to be at home in front of a sellout crowd, to have it come down to the last second, full court pass, big drama, it was almost too good to be true.
What I remember is just sharing, after that, the time in the locker room with those guys. March 16, vs.
He knew that it was important not just for his team to get to the dance, but to make themselves known at the party. It was a hard-fought game, went back and forth.
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We were winning, they came back and took the lead, the foul at the end of the game to put Bryant to the line, we make the two free throws, we get a stop. I think it stamped what that team had accomplished.
They had so many firsts that they did, they got to the Collin s first time with a dude of the Big Ten Tournament, they went to the NCAA Tournament for the first time, I think we won six consecutive league games for the first time ever.
To go to the NCAA Tournament, to not only be there but then advance to the next round, I think it was a special victory. It was a momentous evening all around — redshirt junior forward Aaron Falzon dropped a career-high 21 points and Pardon scored his 1,th career point — as Collins finally entered the triple digits last week and the Cats collected their third conference win of the season. They told me after the game.
And to hear from a lot of the former players afterwards, especially the guys that were here in the beginning, Alex Olah, Drew Crawford, Sanjay Lumpkin, guys like that, I think everyone takes pride in a number like that. Hopefully the next come a little bit sooner. Close Modal Window Hang on for a minute Chris Collins motivates his team.
The NU coach collected his th win on Jan. Daily file photo by Allie Goulding.