Northwestern holding out hope

Updated: March 8, 2012, 9:31 PM ET
By Scott Powers | ESPNChicago.com

INDIANAPOLIS -- Northwestern coach Bill Carmody said he didn't believe his team was eliminated from a chance to play in the NCAA tournament after losing to Minnesota in the first round of the Big Ten tournament on Thursday.

Northwestern was considered among the final four teams in the NCAA tournament by ESPN bracketologist Joe Lunardi prior to the game. Lunardi believed the Wildcats were out after the loss.

Northwestern has never been to the NCAA tournament.

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