Team preview: Northwestern

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Considering how far the program has come in such a short time, it's difficult to imagine any Northwestern basketball season that featured double-digit victories and a win at the Big Ten Conference Tournament a failure. But looking back at 2004-05, that's pretty much the conclusion head coach Bill Carmody is left with.

Considering that the Wildcats finished the previous season 8-8 and tied for fifth in the Big Ten, leading to league coach-of-the-year honors for Carmody, last year's squad spent much of the year spinning its wheels instead of maintaining the positive momentum the program had built under the former Princeton coach.