The Northwestern men’s basketball team has never been to the NCAA tournament. I repeat: never!
Sure the Wildcats have had some close calls, but you know what they say about close.
So you can see why everyone is supporting Northwestern’s cause to land that first NCAA bid. People want this underdog to do it.
The Wildcats had a great opportunity last night to grab a signature win against Ohio State and blew it. The Buckeyes won 75-73. The loss dropped the Wildcats to 17-12 overall and 7-10 in the Big Ten Conference. This ‘bubble’ team is working itself off the bubble.
Northwestern is now in serious trouble. It desperately needs a win at Iowa Saturday and a long run in the Big Ten tournament. Anything less could spell the initials NIT (National Invitational Tournament) rather NCAA.
The Wildcats face tough odds. They have been down the road before. They hope the scenery is different this time.