Do not adjust your sets. That is Northwestern, tied for third place with a 5-2 record after winning at Ohio State for the first time since 1977.

This is not a fluke. NU is riding high despite playing five of its first seven conference games on the road, where it is 4-1. Which means that it plays seven of its final 11 at home.

Chances are, a 10-8 conference record will give NU its first NCAA berth since the tournament began in 1939—at Northwestern’s very own Patten Gymnasium. The rest of this article is available to subscribers only – to become a subscriber click here.