Unfortunately for a college basketball team Selection Sunday comes down to two things: What you did and what your opponents did. While Northwestern is 1-0 and presumably taking care of that first part of the equation, the second one is in a lot of danger after Monday night.
Northwestern losing without playing
Credit St. John's and Georgia Tech for going on the road to play mid-major opponents, but both of them lost last night. The Red Storm lost a tough one to St. Mary's in the second game of ESPN Tip-Off Marathon 76-71. Earlier in the night the Yellow Jackets had traveled to Kennesaw State and lost badly, 80-63. Paul Hewitt's squad has no size inside and while Iman Shumpert scored 20 points, no one else did anything of note.
Both of those losses are going to hurt the Wildcats. Georgia Tech and St. John's were supposed to be the marquee games in a schedule full of Northern Illinois, Texas-Pan American, American and Arkansas-Pine Bluff. Unfortunately, neither seems like it'll really matter in the long run.
It all comes down to the Big Ten.