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Northwestern Eyes 1st Time Bid
EVANSTON, Ill. (AP) -- Northwestern won a program-record 20 games last season, and all guard Michael Thompson could think of were those that got away.

That happens when expectations get raised.

Now, how about an NCAA berth?

Thompson says Northwestern has "a good chance with the guys on this team."

A long time Big Ten doormat, Northwestern is looking for more after making back-to-back NIT appearances for the first time. An NCAA berth would be a first for the program that hosted the inaugural championship game back in 1939 but still hasn't made the tournament seven decades later.

With four starters back from a team that went 20-14 (7-11 Big Ten), now is as good a time as any.

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