The general feeling after Northwestern's loss to Minnesota on Thursday afternoon was that the Wildcats probably had their NCAA Tournament hopes dashed. The defeat dropped Northwestern to just 8-11 in Big Ten games and 18-13 overall. But CBS Sports' Jerry Palm isn't so sure -- he still has the Wildcats in the field after that loss, though they have fallen near the end of the line in terms of at-large bids.
In Palm's scenario, a couple of upsets in conference tournaments this weekend by teams that would not otherwise have made the NCAA Tournament could knock the Wildcats right out of the picture.
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