A full student section can again help NU win at home. (Photo: nusports.com)
The poor NU crowd situation at Welsh-Ryan is getting some press from the Chicago Tribune here. Bruce Weber does have praise for how tough NU’s students make playing in Evanston, but we can’t discount the negative news that Illinois fans will fill half the arena. Not that the news is unexpected, but it still stinks. With that news, though, the most important people in the arena—other than the players—again become the NU students. Just like against Wisconsin, NU will need great student support to neutralize the cheers from the visitors in the rafters. Any students who are reading this please show up. And please, when Illini Nation starts in with “Ill…ini…Ill…ini” get a chant of “Where’s the Chief?” going in response. The Illinois fans are still a little sensitive about their missing chief. Also, students drag everyone you know to this game. Even if they couldn’t tell you the difference between Craig Moore and Craig Morgan, even if they think don’t know about the great Rowley-Mirkovic debate, even if they’re the people who say incredulously, “We have a basketball game tonight?” It doesn’t matter. Get them into Welsh-Ryan. Also, while you’re working so hard to help NU win, see if you can get the folks in the purple seats to stand up when the fight song plays. Anything is possible for this team, but they can’t do it alone. They need the support of all us who call ourselves Northwestern fans. Heck, even you folks watching around the nation and around the world on ESPN2, make sure you cheer loud in your living rooms. Every bit of support helps. This is our chance, let's not waste it.
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