Tourney preview: Northwestern

Tourney preview: Northwestern

All day, we'll break down each team's chances at the Big Ten tournament at the United Center:

No 11 seed: Northwestern

Their coach ... has his resume ready to mail out. Bill Carmody is the second-winningest coach in school history, has taken the Wildcats to four consecutive postseason tournaments (school record) and is a really nice guy. But his 13th season likely is his last.

Their MVP ... is in street clothes. Part of the reason Carmody could be out is Drew Crawford’s season-ending shoulder injury. The one-time Big Ten Freshman of the Year was the first of many Wildcats to land on the DL.

Their Chicago connection ... their slogan. “Chicago’s Big Ten Team” was a marketing move of genius even if it doesn’t ring true (except in lacrosse, which Northwestern dominates like no other).  

They’ll cut down the nets if ... they pull a Tom Crean and chop away after a loss. If Indiana can get away with it, why not Northwestern?

They’ll be bummed if ... ESPN2 cuts away from their telecast of what will be a lopsided loss to Iowa to show reruns of the CrossFit Games.

We see the Wildcats ... playing more inspired basketball under Chris Collins next season.

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