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Akron's Nikola Cvetinovic loses control of ball as he tries to get past Northwestern's Davide Curletti during the first half in a first-round game in the NIT in Evanston, Ill., on Tuesday. (AP Photo/Charles Cherney)
Northwestern's John Shurna grabs rebound in front of Akron's Nikola Cvetinovic during the first half in a first-round game in the NIT tournament in Evanston, Ill., on Tuesday. (AP Photo/Charles Cherney)
Northwestern Wildcats guard/forward Drew Crawford (1) goes in for a one handed dunk past Akron Zips guard Brian Walsh (2) during the first half of their NIT game at Welsh Ryan Arena in Evanston, Illinois, on Tuesday. (Nuccio DiNuzzo/Chicago Tribune/MCT)
Northwestern Wildcats guard Dave Sobolewski (3) drives to the basket past Akron Zips forward Quincy Diggs (22) during the first half of their NIT game at Welsh Ryan Arena in Evanston, Illinois, on Tuesday. (Nuccio DiNuzzo/Chicago Tribune/MCT)
CLEVELAND: Indians manager Terry Francona often says momentum in baseball is only up to the next day’s opposing starting pitcher. And on Wednesday, the Indians faced a brick wall in the form of Stephen Strasburg and lost to the Washington Nationals 4-1.