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Are the Wildcats cursed?

Expectations have been tempered for the Northwestern basketball team

Updated: November 17, 2009, 8:17 PM ET
By Jon Greenberg | ESPNChicago.com

EVANSTON, Ill. -- In the early spring of 2008, I was sitting at a crowded sports bar in Skokie watching the afternoon games during the first round of the NCAA tournament. When I sat down at the table, I noticed a familiar face at the table next to us, drinking a glass of red wine while he watched the opening slate of games.

There was an air of refinement to this man. He had to be content with himself and his surroundings, because you don't see too many men casually drinking a ...

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