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

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  1. theyork

    theyork Well-Known Member

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    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.
     
  2. gocubs2118

    gocubs2118 Well-Known Member

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

    theyork Well-Known Member

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    it almost feels like the media is going to will them into the tourney even they don't deserve a spot.
     
  4. Al_4_State

    Al_4_State Well-Known Member

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    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.
     
  5. Die4Cy

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    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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  6. Cincyclone

    Cincyclone Well-Known Member

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

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    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.
     
  8. bpmcclain

    bpmcclain Well-Known Member

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    Because they play in the best conference in the history of college basketball, duh :jimlad:
     
  9. Acylum

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    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?
     
  10. CYEATHAWK

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

    LindenCy Keep and Pride - It works
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    I'd love for Northwestern to make the tourney sometime, but not this year. They just don't deserve it.
     
  12. bawbie

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    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
     
  13. HFCS

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    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.
     
  14. HFCS

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    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.
     
  15. Cyclonepride

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    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.
     
  16. Rural

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    Look at their home game against Baylor.

    The very definition of "one of these two do not belong".

    And Baylor is no "great" team.
     
  17. HFCS

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    This Iowa run has been great to get some of their fans back on the bandwagon for the first time in years, but I really think it has cost the Big Ten a tournament bid or two. A team just doesn't get housed by Campbell and Clemson and then rip through the an incredible conference with 75% tournament teams.

    Illinois clearly played themselves out. Minnesota and/or NW may be staying home because Iowa exposed the conference as a whole and showed the common sense idea that an 18 win team in that league is no juggernaut.

    7 or 8 is still likely. 9 is now very unlikely and 6 is a possibility for the first time. In large part thanks to Mad Fran and his scrappy Hawkeyes.
     
  18. helechopper

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    Let'em in and let them get their ***** kicked out in the first round.
     
  19. Rural

    Rural Well-Known Member

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    FIFY
     
  20. cyclones12321

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    Two reasons IMO:

    1.) The bigten is waaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaay overated!

    2.) The media really wants a good story since they've never been to the big dance.
     

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