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What’s wrong with Northwestern? Is there hope for an NCAA tournament bid?

What’s wrong with Northwestern? Is there hope for an NCAA tournament bid?

If losing by 36 points to Texas Tech served as a wake-up call for Northwestern basketball, then the first half at Oklahoma should be a drill sergeant using a bullhorn during a cold shower.

The Wildcats got blown off the floor Friday in Norman, Okla., yielding 68 points in 20 minutes and trailing by 30. Sooners star Trae Young sprinted to the locker room after a 25-point, 10-assist half.

“I’m not sure the Boston Celtics would have beaten (Oklahoma) in the first half,” said analyst Dan Dakich, who called the game for ESPN.

That comment should come as small consolation to a Northwestern team that has underperformed as its fans feared, making last season’s success seem...

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