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Could this be Northwestern's year?

Updated: November 6, 2009, 5:48 PM ET
By Andy Katz | ESPN.com

EVANSTON, Ill. -- Northwestern started playing basketball in 1905. The Wildcats have played in four postseason tournaments. The first two appearances -- in 1983 and '94 -- ended with second-round losses. The last two -- in 1999 and in 2009 -- ended abruptly in the first round.

All four of those appearances took place in the NIT, which means NU has an infamous place in history.

Since the first NCAA tournament in 1939, there have been 71 brackets. Not one of them has included Northwestern ...

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