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I was surprised that Chris Ballard failed to mention the most ironic fact regarding Northwestern's being the only major-conference school never to reach the Big Dance: The tournament's first title game, between Oregon and Ohio State in 1939, was played at Northwestern's Patten Gymnasium. Even if the university never gets an NCAA bid, it is still a part of the tournament's history.
Mark J. Mitchell
Ballard not only mischaracterizes the Wildcats but also perpetuates the "white guys can't play" stereotype. John Shurna, despite his unorthodox shot, is an athletic 6'8" forward who rebounds well and has made many above-the-rim plays. Kevin Coble's game reminds me of Antawn Jamison's in his ability to make crazy off-balance shots look routine. Ask Michigan State coach Tom Izzo; he'll tell you that Shurna, Coble and Juice Thompson would start on any Big Ten team.
Michael Sidorov, Boston
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