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ANDREW SELIGMAN | October 30, 2013 04:16 AM EST | AP

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EVANSTON, Ill. (AP) — Northwestern made a sweeping change by hiring Chris Collins in the offseason and sent out a loud message in the process.

Close calls are no longer enough. The Wildcats are looking for more.

That means establishing themselves as contenders in the Big Ten and shooing away that NCAA albatross hovering above them, and they believe Collins is the man to get the job done.

They made that clear when they hired the former Duke star and longtime Blue Devils assistant to replace the fired Bill Carmody.

Collins says the buzz and excitement are all well and good, but the Wildcats need to produce on the court.

The season opener is Nov. 9 against Eastern Illinois