The Northwestern Wildcats held off Iowa on Saturday afternoon and finished the regular season 18-12 overall and 8-10 in Big Ten Conference play. The Iowa game didn't figure to do much for Northwestern's NCAA tournament chances, but it was without question a game the Wildcats could not afford to lose.
And according to ESPN's Joe Lunardi, who updated his bracket projection on Sunday night, the win didn't do much, but it did keep Northwestern in the field of 68 -- Lunardi has the Wildcats among his last four teams in the tournament.
Based on that, Northwestern's Big Ten Tournament opener against Minnesota on Thursday amounts to a must-win game, and the Wildcats would probably need a win on Friday as well to feel somewhat comfortable.
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