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Bracketology 2012: Jerry Palm's Latest Tournament Projection Has Northwestern In Field Of 68

The Northwestern Wildcats are close to their first ever NCAA tournament bid, but their situation remains a bit tenuous. In his latest NCAA tournament field projection, CBS's Jerry Palm has Northwestern in the tournament as a No. 11 seed. That places the Wildcats toward the bottom of the list of teams receiving at-large bids, but they also are not among the teams Palm lists as the last four to make the tournament.

Related: Bracketology 2012: Northwestern In Tournament Per USA Today

There is still plenty of time for the Wildcats to further solidify their position, starting with a home game against Ohio State on Wednesday night. They'll also have an opportunity to pick up quality wins in the Big Ten tournament, should they need them.

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