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Wildcats excited for NIT tourney

Updated: March 14, 2010, 11:27 PM ET
By Scott Powers | ESPNChicago.com

Northwestern junior Michael Thompson felt as if his basketball season had ended after losing to Purdue in the Big Ten Tournament on Friday.

The loss evaporated the Wildcats' hopes of their first-ever NCAA Tournament, and nothing else mattered to him at that point.

On Sunday, Thompson was revived again. In the span of two days, he dealt with the Wildcats' loss and regained his optimism for the future when he discovered he and his teammates would be making their second consecutive ...

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