Northwestern will be participating in the 2009 Chicago Invitational Challenge, according to The Tribune's Around the Bend blog which covers Notre Dame. What is more interesting is that it appears the Wildcats will be the Chicago-based host of the tournament this year.
"Northwestern will also compete in the event, a spokesman confirmed, also likely hosting a lead-in game or two at Welsh-Ryan Arena."
It will be interesting to see what other teams join the Fighting Irish and Wildcats at the Sears Center in Hoffman Estates for the tournament. Last season, Chicago State was the local squad in the field of eight teams. Also in the tournament field were Mercer, Texas Southern, Bethune Cookman, Dayton, Auburn, Northern Iowa and Marquette.