Northwestern hires Collins as coach

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EVANSTON, Ill. (AP) — Northwestern hired longtime Duke assistant Chris Collins as its basketball coach Tuesday night, hoping he can finally lead the Wildcats to the NCAA tournament.

Collins, the son of Philadelphia 76ers coach Doug Collins, is a logical fit given his ties to the area, the academic similarities to Duke and his basketball pedigree. He is from suburban Northbrook, about 15 miles from the campus in Evanston, played for the Blue Devils and spent the past 13 years at Duke.

His task is to get Northwestern to the NCAA tournament. That's something the Wildcats have never done, although they came close in recent years under Bill Carmody. He was let go after 13 seasons.

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