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Men’s basketball post-mortem: January: the fall from grace

The start of the new year is a time for resolution. It’s a time to devote oneself to self-improving habits.

Clearly, Northwestern didn’t get the memo.

Entering 2021, Northwestern stepped as the No. 19 team in the country. The team projected to be bottom-dwellers in the Big Ten was caught roaming with the top dogs. Upset wins against Michigan State, Indiana and Ohio State — along with a closer-than-advertised loss at Iowa — had Northwestern appearing as a Cinderella story within the Big Ten.

The ‘Cats walked into Ann Arbor to begin the new year, looking to hand the No.