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    why is there so much talk of northwestern on the bubble?

    17-11 (7-9). one win over a top 25 team. how does this make any sense to anyone? even if they win out they will only have 19 wins with 2 wins over top 25 teams and .500 conference record. i guess they don't have any "bad losses" like (ahem) drake, but still.



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    Re: why is there so much talk of northwestern on the bubble?

    Probably because the bubble is so soft and they've never been in the NCAA tournament before.



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    Re: why is there so much talk of northwestern on the bubble?

    Quote Originally Posted by gocubs2118 View Post
    Probably because the bubble is so soft and they've never been in the NCAA tournament before.
    it almost feels like the media is going to will them into the tourney even they don't deserve a spot.



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    Re: why is there so much talk of northwestern on the bubble?

    Quote Originally Posted by theyork View Post
    it almost feels like the media is going to will them into the tourney even they don't deserve a spot.
    This is absolutely what I think is happening with NW. The media has picked up on how they've never gone dancing, and I think they're trying to force NW in there for the sake of a good story.


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    Re: why is there so much talk of northwestern on the bubble?

    Look, the sports media talking bobbleheads have been telling us all year long how great the Big 10 is. The NCAA tournament selection is their final exam. IF the Big 10 doesn't get 7 or 8 teams in, they look stupid, like they didn't know what they were talking about all year.

    They don't want to look bad, so they have to keep it up. And then express their shock, SHOCK that the selection committee didn't see things their way.



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    Re: why is there so much talk of northwestern on the bubble?

    I almost think Iowa is more deserving than Northwestern. Iowa at the very least has a lot better wins.



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    Re: why is there so much talk of northwestern on the bubble?

    Quote Originally Posted by theyork View Post
    it almost feels like the media is going to will them into the tourney even they don't deserve a spot.
    Yep agree. The media wants the story of the 1st time getting in plus they are the "high academic" institution so that they want that "feel good" story.



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    Re: why is there so much talk of northwestern on the bubble?

    Because they play in the best conference in the history of college basketball, duh



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    Re: why is there so much talk of northwestern on the bubble?

    Quote Originally Posted by Cincyclone View Post
    I almost think Iowa is more deserving than Northwestern. Iowa at the very least has a lot better wins.
    BLASPHEMY! But true. I think Iowa is one spot above them in conference also. OTOH though, I think the Hawks only play the Buckeyes and the Spartans once each. How do they ALWAYS get the easiest possible schedule in football and basketball?


    I'd agree with you, but then we'd both be wrong.

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    Re: why is there so much talk of northwestern on the bubble?

    Quote Originally Posted by theyork View Post
    17-11 (7-9). one win over a top 25 team. how does this make any sense to anyone? even if they win out they will only have 19 wins with 2 wins over top 25 teams and .500 conference record. i guess they don't have any "bad losses" like (ahem) drake, but still.

    Haven't you heard? They play in the toughest conference...............ever!



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    Re: why is there so much talk of northwestern on the bubble?

    I'd love for Northwestern to make the tourney sometime, but not this year. They just don't deserve it.



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    Re: why is there so much talk of northwestern on the bubble?

    Quote Originally Posted by LindenCy View Post
    I'd love for Northwestern to make the tourney sometime, but not this year. They just don't deserve it.
    It's really evidence of the weak field (and how we werent really a bubble team). Who are you going to take instead? Colorado state? Miami? Those are the last in/ first out teams right now and they are worse than NW



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    Re: why is there so much talk of northwestern on the bubble?

    Quote Originally Posted by gocubs2118 View Post
    Probably because the bubble is so soft and they've never been in the NCAA tournament before.
    Looks pathetic that 1/6th of the entire Big Ten has the same # of NCAA tournament wins as Ames Middle School.

    It's a good conference, but historically that's the worst bottom of any major conference and worse than the bottom of several mid majors.

    TCU has 6 more appearances and 5 more NCAA wins than Northwestern and Nebraska combined.



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    Re: why is there so much talk of northwestern on the bubble?

    Quote Originally Posted by Die4Cy View Post
    Look, the sports media talking bobbleheads have been telling us all year long how great the Big 10 is. The NCAA tournament selection is their final exam. IF the Big 10 doesn't get 7 or 8 teams in, they look stupid, like they didn't know what they were talking about all year.

    They don't want to look bad, so they have to keep it up. And then express their shock, SHOCK that the selection committee didn't see things their way.
    The thing is, if the Big Ten is so awesome, NW should have a chance to beat a ranked team every week and they've only beat one.

    Can't rationally have it both ways.

    I think Northwestern was actually better last year and the year before.



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    Re:why is there so much talk of northwestern on the bubble?

    Generally speaking, the media has already determined that a certain number of Big Ten teams are getting in, regardless of their real records or rip. Iowa is their newest ludicrous suggestion.



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