Northwestern severely decrease their NCAA Tournament chances by losing in OT

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NU dealt themselves a serious blow to their own NCAA Tournament hopes tonight. They were right on the cusp, that “last 4 in” line, but probably not so much anymore. Granted they still need four teams to play their way above them, but Championship week is long and those types of things develop quite quickly.

“Hopefully I won’t be disappointed on Sunday. But I guess we’ll just have to wait and see. We’ll be playing next week, and we like to compete no matter who we’re playing against,” John Shurna said after the game.

Northwestern is a different looking team with JerShon Cobb (but it still wasn’t enough).

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Northwestern damages NCAA Tournament chances in losing to Michigan

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When Northwestern beat Minnesota on Saturday, the Wildcats were able to pull out the win with strong three-point shooting and ball security, despite a bad rebounding ratio. Tuesday night against Michigan, the Cats rebounded well, but turned the ball over 17 times and shot just 18.8 percent from beyond the arc.

The end result, a 67-55 loss, was the opposite of the Minnesota game, as well.

“In the second half we seemed worn down,” coach Bill Carmody said. “We turned the ball over 14 times, not unlike the game in Ann Arbor when we turned it over the same amount. We only made three “threes” up there and we made the same amount tonight.”

Guest post by Kevin Trahan of bigtenorbust.com, purplewildcats.com and the Daily Northwestern.

For post-game audio, and more analysis go here

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Northwestern will Make the Tourney this Year, I mean it this time

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“Wait till next year” has become a seriously overused cliche in Chicago sports, but now it applies to teams other than the Cubs. You can say it about Northwestern, and their college football bowl win drought (1949). The past two years, the Cats were just an errant kick away from ending that streak.

In college basketball, there’s another streak alive and well. The Cats are the only power conference team never to have made the NCAA tournament. However, much like in football they have come especially close the past two years.

’08-’09 saw some program signature wins: at eventual national runner-up Michigan State and Purdue, a top 15 team. Last year saw a school record for wins, the only 20 victory season in school history, and the first national ranking in 40 years.

Ultimately though, they fell well short of the NCAA goal both times.

By Paul M. Banks

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99 in 99: #53 Northwestern Wildcats

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For the first time in Northwestern basketball history, the team made a post-season tournament appearance for the second straight year.  Unfortunately, it was the NIT meaning that first ever NCAA Tournament berth is still evading the Wildcats.  Will this finally be the year the ‘Cats go dancing?

The Sports Bank’s 99 team college basketball preview in 99 days ranks the 72 power conference schools and top 27 mid-majors in reverse power ranking order.  Click here if you missed teams #54-#99.

By: David Kay
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The Field of 65 (TSB’s Bracketology)

By: David Kay

It is Friday!  That means a new version of The Sports Bank’s “Field of 65” in which David Kay goes back to school to study the bracketology of what the NCAA Tournament will look like come Selection Sunday.  Agree or disagree with any of the projections?  Leave a comment at the end and David will defend his position.
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Charting a Northwestern NCAA Tournament Course

By Paul M. Banks

January is the most murderous month on the schedule for the Northwestern Wildcats. February/March should be much easier for the Cats, and when it’s all said and done- they could quite possibly have that elusive first NCAA tournament bid in program history.

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The Field of 65 (TSB’s Bracketology)

By: David Kay

Welcome to the Field of 65; The Sports Bank’s version of bracketology.  Every Friday, I mix and match the pieces to try and predict what the NCAA Tournament will look like.  If you are wondering if I accidentally left North Carolina out of my latest brackets, let me tell you I did not.  At 12-7 and on a three-game skid, the Heels are in serious trouble if they do not turn things around quickly.  The defending champs could be NIT bound.
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