Northwestern to play in 2009 Chicago Invitational Challenge

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. 

From the post:
"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.

A match-up with the Fighting Irish would be a good non-conference barometer for the Wildcats in addition to their previously confirmed game against North Carolina State in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge. Even adding games against solid mid-major competition, such as Northern Iowa and Dayton - which both went to the NCAA Tournament - would be a be a big boost for Northwestern.

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  • Haven't heard about this and I go to Northwestern. Our campus publications are on hiatus now since it's "reading week" and then finals.

    Forgive my ignorance, but what sports are played in the Invitational?

  • Just men's basketball. Some of the top teams from the area get together to play a preseason (non-conference) tournament.

  • I heard Liberty is playing at Northwestern and Notre Dame as part of the Chicago Invitational. Now they don't have that Curry kid anymore, but according to ESPN.com they have Eric Gordon, Jr.'s little bro coming next year as a freshman.

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