After losing to Ohio State in a heart-breaker Wednesday night, Northwestern is still sitting right on the edge of the NCAA Tournament bubble.
A 22-ounce basketball never carried so much weight for a program that desperately needed it to find its way inside the 18-inch diameter of the rim.
But after banding together for a 65-54 victory over Iowa on Sunday, might the Fighting Dead actually have some NCAA life still left in them?
Selection Sunday is just a little over two weeks away. Here’s the latest look at which teams are in good shape, which teams have work to do and which teams are in serious trouble:
A win over the Wolverines would have given Northwestern a third win over an RPI Top 50 team, propelling its resume well past some of the other teams fighting for a tournament berth.