College basketball is slowly tipping off, with a bunch of high-profile schools taking turns writing a check to places like Savannah State and Florida A&M and letting the backups get some work in while cruising to uninspired 25-point victories. (Our Illini begin this process tonight against old nemesis Austin Peay.)
But sometimes this can backfire, as Northwestern found out this weekend when the Wildcats lost at home to freaking Cornell. We don't know much about the Wildcats this season, other than that they're expected to finish 16th in the Big Ten, but when we look at this team picture, uh, well, we're not exactly surprised they're expected to struggle this year.
They look like the JCC winter-league champions, or maybe the Indiana state basketball champs from 1954. Greg Oden will be awfully fun to watch against these guys. Sheesh.