Northwestern has had some late-season success, but getting by one of the hottest teams in the Big Ten just wasn't happening in the season finale.
Nothing's official, but if you believe the bracketologists, there's an NCAA tournament bid on the line Saturday when the Illini meet the Boilermakers in West Lafayette.
The world-class education. The proximity to home. The relationships with coaches and teammates.
There were plenty of reasons why Vic Law picked Northwestern.
If the Illini and Wildcats want to reach their still-possible best-case scenarios when it comes to Big Ten Tournament seeding, they're going to need a little help.
No Big Ten basketball coach's seat is hotter than Tom Crean's.