Unless you have been living under a rock, you are aware that the Northwestern Wildcats made the NCAA Tournament last season for the first time in program history.

Media members, all of whom apparently went to the school, covered the program making the Big Dance as if it were their child going out on a first date.

Jokes aside, it was a good story.

Northwestern coach Chris Collins is glad all of that happened, obviously. And yet, he isn’t satisfied with just making some noise come March. According to an interview he did with FanRag Sports reporter Jon Rothstein, he now has his eyes set on a Big Ten title.

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“We have championship level goals,” Collins said on the College Hoops Today Podcast. “We’ve talked about competing for a Big Ten title and winning a tournament in November. We don’t want to just sustain — we want to keep accelerating things.”

This has been an interesting week for Duke of the Midwest. Earlier in it, Northwestern landed 4-star talent Miller Kopp on the recruiting trail.

“I built a really strong relationship with (coach) Chris Collins and I fell in love with the campus,” Kopp told Scout. “I knew it would be a nice campus and have that stuff, but I think me and him are wired the same way. I think that his personality fits mine and I think we complement each other. I’m definitely excited to be able to go to a program on the rise and be able to make some history.”

We slightly kid about calling the program the Duke of the Midwest, but there’s obviously some reason to do so. There’s the academic standards, Chris Collins, and people continuously saying that the coach might be in line for the Duke gig whenever the vampire known as Coach K retires.