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What a difference a year makes

Wildcats have higher expectations for postseason

Updated: March 13, 2010, 1:09 PM ET
By Scott Powers | ESPNChicago.com

INDIANAPOLIS -- The NIT was once a major accomplishment for the Northwestern men's basketball program.

The NCAA tournament was so beyond reality that the Wildcats aimed for the NIT, and even that had often been unreachable. Their NIT appearances have been sporadic over the past 30 years, coming in 1984, 1994, 1999 and 2009.

The Wildcats were ecstatic to have met the NIT's criteria a season ago and were grateful to be making the school's first appearance in the tournament ...

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