2008–09 Northwestern Wildcats men's basketball team

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2008–09 Northwestern Wildcats men's basketball
Northwestern N logo.gif
NIT, First Round
Conference Big Ten Conference
2008–09 record 17–14 (8–10 Big Ten)
Head coach Bill Carmody
Home arena Welsh-Ryan Arena
Seasons
« 2007–08 2009–10 »
2008–09 Big Ten Conference men's basketball standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   PCT     W   L   PCT
#8 Michigan State 15 3   .833     31 7   .816
#17 Purdue 11 7   .611     27 10   .730
Illinois 11 7   .611     24 10   .706
Penn State 10 8   .556     27 11   .711
Ohio State 10 8   .556     22 11   .667
Wisconsin 10 8   .556     20 13   .606
Minnesota 9 9   .500     22 11   .667
Michigan 9 9   .500     21 14   .600
Northwestern 8 10   .444     17 14   .548
Iowa 5 13   .278     15 17   .469
Indiana 1 17   .056     6 25   .194
2009 Big Ten Tournament winner
Rankings from AP Poll

The 2008–09 Northwestern Wildcats men's basketball team represented Northwestern University in the 2008–09 college basketball season. This was head coach Bill Carmody's ninth season at the Northwestern. The Wildcats are members of the Big Ten Conference and played their home games at Welsh-Ryan Arena. They finished the season 17–14, 8–10 in Big Ten play, lost in the first round of the 2009 Big Ten Conference Men's Basketball Tournament and were invited to the 2009 National Invitation Tournament where they lost in the first round to the University of Tulsa. Northwestern matched their school record for most wins in a season and recorded their first post-season appearance since 1999.

Schedule and results[edit]

Date
Time, TV
Rank# Opponent# Result Record Site
City, State
Regular Season
Nov 16, 2008*
, BTN.com
Central Arkansas W 81–39  1–0
Welsh-Ryan Arena
Evanston, IL
Nov 19, 2008*
, BTN.com
Texas A&M-CC W 66–48  2–0
Welsh-Ryan Arena
Evanston, IL
Nov 22, 2008*
at Brown W 73–64  3–0
Pizzitola Sports Center
Providence, RI
Nov 26, 2008*
at Butler L 53–57  3–1
Hinkle Fieldhouse
Indianapolis, IN
Dec 1, 2008*
, BTN.com
UC Riverside W 59–43  4–1
Welsh-Ryan Arena
Evanston, IL
Dec 3, 2008*
, ESPN2
Florida State W 73–59  5–1
Welsh-Ryan Arena
Evanston, IL
Dec 6, 2008*
, BTN
DePaul W 63–36  6–1
Welsh-Ryan Arena
Evanston, IL
Dec 15, 2008*
, BTN
UMKC W 77–62  7–1
Welsh-Ryan Arena
Evanston, IL
Dec 20, 2008*
at Stanford L 59–65  7–2
Maples Pavilion
Stanford, CA
Dec 23, 2008*
, BTN
SMU W 66–55  8–2
Welsh-Ryan Arena
Evanston, IL
Dec 31, 2008
, ESPN2
at Penn State L 57–61  8–3 (0-1)
Bryce Jordan Center
University Park, PA
Jan 3, 2009
, BTN
#10 Michigan State L 66–77  8–4 (0-2)
Welsh-Ryan Arena
Evanston, IL
Jan 7, 2009
, BTN
at Wisconsin L 45–74  8–5 (0-3)
Kohl Center
Madison, WI
Jan 15, 2009
, ESPN2
#19 Purdue L 61–63  8–6 (0-4)
Welsh-Ryan Arena
Evanston, IL
Jan 18, 2009
, BTN
#18 Minnesota W 74–65  9–6 (1-4)
Welsh-Ryan Arena
Evanston, IL
Jan 21, 2009
, BTN
at #7 Michigan State W 70–63  10–6 (2-4)
Breslin Center
East Lansing, MI
Jan 24, 2009
, BTN
at Michigan L 59–68  10–7 (2-5)
Crisler Arena
Ann Arbor, MI
Jan 28, 2009
, BTN
Indiana W 77–75  11–7 (3-5)
Welsh-Ryan Arena
Evanston, IL
Jan 31, 2009
, BTN
Wisconsin W 66–63  12–7 (4-5)
Welsh-Ryan Arena
Evanston, IL
Feb 4, 2009*
, BTN.com
Chicago State W 75–63  13–7
Welsh-Ryan Arena
Evanston, IL
Feb 7, 2009
, BTN
at Iowa L 51–56  13–8 (4-6)
Carver-Hawkeye Arena
Iowa City, IA
Feb 12, 2009
, ESPN2
#22 Illinois L 59–60  13–9 (4-7)
Welsh-Ryan Arena
Evanston, IL
Feb 15, 2009
, BTN
Michigan L 67–70 OT 13–10 (4-8)
Welsh-Ryan Arena
Evanston, IL
Feb 18, 2009
, BTN
Ohio State W 72–69  14–10 (5-8)
Welsh-Ryan Arena
Evanston, IL
Feb 22, 2009
, BTN
at Minnesota L 45–72  14–11 (5-9)
Williams Arena
Minneapolis, MN
Feb 25, 2009
, BTN
at Indiana W 75–53  15–11 (6-9)
Assembly Hall
Bloomington, IN
Feb 28, 2009
, BTN
Iowa W 55–49  16–11 (7-9)
Welsh-Ryan Arena
Evanston, IL
Mar 4, 2009
, BTN
at #19 Purdue W 64–61  17–11 (8-9)
Mackey Arena
West Lafayette, IN
Mar 8, 2009
, BTN
at Ohio State L 53–66  17–12 (8-10)
Schottenstein Center
Columbus, OH
Big Ten Tournament
Mar 12, 2009
, BTN
vs. Minnesota L 53–66  17–13 (8-10)
Conseco Fieldhouse
Indianapolis, IN
NIT
Mar 18, 2009
, ESPNU
at Tulsa L 59–68  17–14 (8-10)
Reynolds Center
Tulsa, OK
*Non-conference game. #Rankings from AP Poll. (#) Tournament seedings in parentheses.

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