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Northwestern Is About To Take Their First Shot At The 'Big Dance'

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Northwestern University is not known as a basketball powerhouse. As a matter of fact, when they play Vanderbilt Thursday afternoon, it’ll be their first-ever appearance in the NCAA tournament.

Northwestern coach Chris Collins wipes his eyes during the team's watch party for the NCAA men's basketball tournament selection show, Sunday, March 12, 2017, in Evanston, Ill. Northwestern, in its first appearance in the tournament, will play Vanderbilt. (Nam Y. Huh/AP)

Billy McKinney knows all about the joy and frustration that goes with Wildcat basketball. McKinney graduated in 1978 as the all-time leading scorer. But he never got to play post-season ball. McKinney is now Director of Scouting with the NBA’s Milwaukee Bucks, and he joined Morning Shift along with WBEZ’s Cheryl Raye-Stout to talk about the old days and the current crop of players at his alma mater.

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