Northwestern Wildcats men's basketball

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Northwestern Wildcats
2014–15 Northwestern Wildcats men's basketball team
Northwestern Wildcats athletic logo
University Northwestern University
Conference Big Ten
Location Evanston, IL
Head coach Chris Collins (2013-present year)
Arena Welsh-Ryan Arena
(Capacity: 8,117)
Nickname Wildcats
Student section Wildside
Colors

Purple and White

            
Uniforms
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Home jersey
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Team colours
Home
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Away jersey
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Team colours
Away
Pre-tournament Helms champions
1931
Conference regular season champions
1931, 1933

The Northwestern Wildcats men's basketball team was an NCAA Division I college basketball team representing Northwestern University in the Big Ten Conference. Men's basketball was first introduced at Northwestern in 1901.[1] Home games were played at Welsh-Ryan Arena, located 5 miles north of Northwestern's campus in Evanston, Illinois.

Although Northwestern had great success in the early part of the 20th century, it has spent most of the time since World War II in the bottom half of the Big Ten. It was retro-picked as national champion in 1931 by the Helms Athletic Foundation and has won only one other conference title, in 1933. It has only finished above fourth place twice since World War II, and has not had a winning record in conference play since 1968. Since then, only the 2003-04 team has managed to finish with even a .500 conference record. It is the only long-standing member of a power conference to have never appeared in an NCAA tournament (despite hosting the first NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Championship game in 1939 and the 1956 NCAA Men's Final Four). Until 2008-09, it was one of the few long-standing members of Division I to have never had a 20-win season. It has appeared in the National Invitation Tournament seven times (1983, 1994, 1999, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012).

Yearly records[edit]

Season Coach Overall Conference Standing Postseason
1904–05 Tom Holland 2–2
1906–07 Louis Gillesby 1–5
1907–08 Louis Gillesby 2–7
Western Conference () (1908–1953)
1908–09 Louis Gillesby 1–7 1–4 7th
1909–10 Louis Gillesby 0–9 0–9 8th
1910–11 Stuart Templeton 3–15 1–12 8th
1911–12 Charles Hammett 4–9 0–8 8th
1912–13 Dennis Grady 14–4 7–2 2nd
1913–14 Dennis Grady 11–6 6–5 5th
1914–15 Fred Murphy 11–8 5–5 T-4th
1915–16 Fred Murphy 14–5 9–3 T-2nd
1916–17 Fred Murphy 3–11 2–10 8th
1917–18 Norman Elliott 6–4 5–3 3rd
1918–19 Thomas Robinson 7–6 6–4 3rd
1919–20 Norman Elliott 3–7 2–6 T-7th
1920–21 Ray Elder 2–12 1–11 10th
1921–22 Dana Evans 7–11 3–9 10th
1922–23 Maury Kent 5–11 3–9 8th
1923–24 Maury Kent 0–16 0–12 10th
1924–25 Maury Kent 6–10 4–8 8th
1925–26 Maury Kent 5–12 3–9 10th
1926–27 Maury Kent 3–14 1–11 T–9th
1927–28 Arthur Lonborg 12–5 9–3 T-3rd
1928–29 Arthur Lonborg 12–5 7–5 4th
1929–30 Arthur Lonborg 8–8 6–6 6th
1930–31 Arthur Lonborg 16–1 11–1 1st
1931–32 Arthur Lonborg 13–5 9–3 T-2nd
1932–33 Arthur Lonborg 15–4 10–2 T-1st
1933–34 Arthur Lonborg 11–8 8–4 T-2nd
1934–35 Arthur Lonborg 10–10 3–9 8th
1935–36 Arthur Lonborg 13–6–1 7–5 T-3rd
1936–37 Arthur Lonborg 11–9 4–8 7th
1937–38 Arthur Lonborg 10–10 7–5 T-3rd
1938–39 Arthur Lonborg 7–13 5–7 6th
1939–40 Arthur Lonborg 13–7 7–5 T-4th
1940–41 Arthur Lonborg 7–11 3–9 9th
1941–42 Arthur Lonborg 8–13 5–10 T-7th
1942–43 Arthur Lonborg 8–9 7–5 3rd
1943–44 Arthur Lonborg 12–7 8–4 T-4th
1944–45 Arthur Lonborg 7–12 4–8 T-6th
1945–46 Arthur Lonborg 15–5 8–4 T-3rd
1946–47 Arthur Lonborg 7–13 2–10 9th
1947–48 Arthur Lonborg 6–14 3–9 T-8th
1948–49 Arthur Lonborg 5–16 2–10 9th
1949–50 Arthur Lonborg 10–12 3–9 T-8th
1950–51 Harold Olsen 12–10 7–7 T-4th
1951–52 Harold Olsen 7–15 4–10 T-8th
1952–53 Waldo Fisher 6–16 5–13 8th
Big Ten Conference (1953–present)
1953–54 Waldo Fisher 9–13 6–8 T-5th
1954–55 Waldo Fisher 12–10 7–7 5th
1955–56 Waldo Fisher 2–20 1–13 10th
1956–57 Waldo Fisher 6–16 2–12 10th
1957–58 William Rohr 13–9 8–6 T-4th
1958–59 William Rohr 15–7 8–6 T-2nd
1959–60 William Rohr 11–12 8–6 T-3rd
1960–61 William Rohr 10–12 6–8 6th
1961–62 William Rohr 8–15 3–11 T-9th
1962–63 William Rohr 9–15 6–8 7th
1963–64 Larry Glass 8–13 6–8 T-6th
1964–65 Larry Glass 7–17 3–11 9th
1965–66 Larry Glass 12–12 7–7 T-5th
1966–67 Larry Glass 11–11 7–7 T-5th
1967–68 Larry Glass 13–10 8–6 4th
1968–69 Larry Glass
Brad Snyder
14–10 6–8 T-5th
1969–70 Brad Snyder 9–15 4–10 9th
1970–71 Brad Snyder 7–17 3–11 10th
1971–72 Brad Snyder 5–18 3–11 10th
1972–73 Brad Snyder 5–19 2–12 10th
1973–74 Tex Winter 9–15 3–11 9th
1974–75 Tex Winter 6–20 4–14 T-9th
1975–76 Tex Winter 12–15 7–11 T-7th
1976–77 Tex Winter 9–18 7–11 T-7th
1977–78 Tex Winter 8–19 4–14 T-9th
1978–79 Rich Falk 6–21 2–16 10th
1979–80 Rich Falk 10–17 5–13 10th
1980–81 Rich Falk 9–18 3–15 10th
1981–82 Rich Falk 9–18 3–15 10th
1982–83 Rich Falk 18–12 8–10 8th NIT Second Round
1983–84 Rich Falk 14–14 7–11 7th
1984–85 Rich Falk 6–22 2–16 10th
1985–86 Rich Falk 8–20 2–16 10th
1986–87 Bill Foster 7–21 2–16 T-9th
1987–88 Bill Foster 7–21 2–16 10th
1988–89 Bill Foster 9–19 2–16 10th
1989–90 Bill Foster 9–19 2–16 10th
1990–91 Bill Foster 5–23 0–18 10th
1991–92 Bill Foster 9–19 2–16 10th
1992–93 Bill Foster 8–19 3–15 10th
1993–94 Ricky Byrdsong 15–14 5–13 T-10th NIT Second Round
1994–95 Ricky Byrdsong 5–22 1–17 11th
1995–96 Ricky Byrdsong 7–20 2–16 11th
1996–97 Ricky Byrdsong 7–22 2–16 11th
1997–98 Kevin O'Neill 10–17 3–13 9th
1998–99 Kevin O'Neill 15–14 6–10 8th NIT First Round
1999–00 Kevin O'Neill 5–25 0–16 11th
2000–01 Bill Carmody 11–19 3–13 11th
2001–02 Bill Carmody 16–13 7–9 7th
2002–03 Bill Carmody 12–17 3–13 10th
2003–04 Bill Carmody 14–15 8–8 T-5th
2004–05 Bill Carmody 15–16 6–10 8th
2005–06 Bill Carmody 14–15 6–10 T-8th
2006–07 Bill Carmody 13–18 2–14 T-10th
2007–08 Bill Carmody 8–22 1–17 11th
2008–09 Bill Carmody 17–14 8–10 9th NIT First Round
2009–10 Bill Carmody 20–14 7–11 T-7th NIT First Round
2010–11 Bill Carmody 20–14 7–11 8th NIT Quarterfinals
2011–12 Bill Carmody 19–14 8–10 T-7th NIT 2nd Round
2012–13 Bill Carmody 13–19 4–14 11th
2013–14 Chris Collins 14-18 6-12 11th
Total: 962–1425–1

      National champion  
      Conference regular season champion         Conference regular season and conference tournament champion
      Division regular season champion       Division regular season and conference tournament champion
      Conference tournament champion

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Coaching history[edit]

Coach Years Record Conference
Record
Conference
Titles
Tom Holland 1904–1905 2-2 0-0
Louis Gillesby 1906–1910 4-28 1-13
Stuart Templeton 1910–1911 3-15 1-12
Charles Hammett 1911–1912 4-9 0-8
Dennis Grady 1912–1914 25-10 13-7
Fred Murphy 1914–1917 28-24 16-18
Norman Elliott 1917–1918, 1919–1920 10-11 7-9
Tom Robinson 1918–1919 7-6 6-4
Ray Elder 1920–1921 2-12 1-11
Dana Evans 1921–1922 7-11 3-9
Maury Kent 1922–1927 19-62 11-49
Arthur Lonborg 1927–1950 236-203-1 138-141 2
Harold Olsen 1950–1952 19-25 11-17
Waldo Fisher 1952–1957 35-65 21-53
William Rohr 1957–1963 66-70 39-45
Larry Glass 1963–1969 61-81 33-45
Brad Snyder 1969–1973 30-71 16-46
Tex Winter 1973–1978 44-87 25-61
Rich Falk 1978–1986 80-180 34-110
Bill Foster 1986–1993 54-141 13-113
Ricky Byrdsong 1993–1997 34-78 10-62
Kevin O’Neill 1997–2000 30-56 9-39
Bill Carmody 2000–2013 160-177 58-126
Chris Collins 2013-present 14-18 6-12
Totals 962-1425-1 470-1005 2

Sources:[3]

Postseason[edit]

NIT results[edit]

The Wildcats have appeared in the National Invitation Tournament (NIT) seven times. Their combined record is 5–7.

Year Round Opponent Result
1983 First Round
Second Round
Notre Dame
DePaul
W 71–57
L 63–65
1994 First Round
Second Round
DePaul
Xavier
W 69–68
L 79–83
1999 First Round DePaul L 64–69
2009 First Round Tulsa L 59–68
2010 First Round Rhode Island L 64–76
2011 First Round
Second Round
Quarterfinals
Milwaukee
Boston College
Washington State
W 70–61
W 85–67
L 66–69 OT
2012 First Round
Second Round
Akron
Washington
W 76–74
L 55–76

All-Time statistical leaders[edit]

Career leaders[edit]

  • Points Scored: John Shurna (2,038, 2008-2012)
  • Assists: Michael Thompson (454, 2007–2011)
  • Rebounds: Evan Eschmeyer (995, 1995–1999)
  • Steals: Patrick Baldwin (272, 1990–1994)
  • Blocks: John Shurna (136, 2008–2012)

Single-season Leaders[edit]

  • Points Scored: John Shurna (661, 2012)
  • Assists: Tim Doyle (158, 2007)
  • Rebounds: Jim Pitts (321, 1966)
  • Steals: Patrick Baldwin (90, 1991)
  • Blocks: Jim Pitts (123, 1966)

Single-game leaders[edit]

  • Points Scored: Rich Falk (49, 1964)
  • Assists: Patrick Baldwin (14, 1993)
  • Rebounds: Jim Pitts (29, 1965)
  • Steals: Patrick Baldwin (9, 1991)
  • Blocks: Jim Pitts (10, 1966)

Source for all statistical leaders:[4]

All-Americans[edit]

Source:[5]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Northwestern University History 1900-1949". Archived from the original on 2008-04-24. Retrieved 2008-06-18. 
  2. ^ 2012-13 Northwestern men's basketball yearbook. Retrieved 2013-Sep-10.
  3. ^ a b "Year-by-Year Summary" (pdf). Retrieved 2008-06-18. 
  4. ^ "Individual Records" (pdf). Retrieved 2008-06-18. 
  5. ^ "Individual Records" (pdf). Retrieved 2008-06-18. 

External links[edit]