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It’s going to be that kind of year for Chris Collins’ team

Welcome to your 2019 Wildcats, Northwestern men’s basketball fans.

Less than two weeks of the season, it’s clear that this iteration of Northwestern basketball is going to be a unique one. Through three games, none of it seems to make much sense.

A sandwich of losses to Merrimack and Radford, with a win against Providence (now Top 25 in KenPom) in between, is an indication of what we’re in store for over the next three months.

There are a couple of reasons for the situation Collins’ team is in. The departure of three would-be veterans left an experience gap in the team that is impossible to fix, and results will be predicated on how Northwestern shoots the deep ball, a highly variable factor.