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Northwestern Wildcats
2018-19 Northwestern Wildcats men's basketball team
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University Northwestern University
All-time record 1075–1498–1 (.418)
Head coach Chris Collins (6th season)
Conference Big Ten
Location Evanston, Illinois
Arena Welsh-Ryan Arena
(Capacity: 7,500)
Nickname Wildcats
Student section Wildside
Colors Purple and White[1]
         
Uniforms
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Home jersey
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Team colours
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Away jersey
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Team colours
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Pre-tournament Premo-Porretta champions
1931
Pre-tournament Helms champions
1931
NCAA Tournament Round of 32
2017
NCAA Tournament appearances
2017
Conference regular season champions
1931, 1933

The Northwestern Wildcats men's basketball team is 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.[2] They are currently coached by Chris Collins. The Wildcats received their only invitation to the NCAA Tournament in 2017, after 78 straight years.[3] The Wildcats have won two Big Ten conference championships (1931 and 1933).

History[edit]

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. The Wildcats were retroactively selected as the 1930–31 national champion by both the Helms Athletic Foundation and the Premo-Porretta Power Poll,[4] and have won only one other conference title, in 1933. It has only finished above fourth place twice since World War II, and did not have a winning record in conference play from 1968 until 2017. During that time, only the 2003–04 team even managed a .500 conference record. On March 1, 2017, the Wildcats won their 10th conference game (a 67–65 win over Michigan) to clinch their first winning Big Ten record in almost half a century. That season also saw the Wildcats make their first NCAA Tournament in school history, winning their first NCAA tournament game 68–66 against Vanderbilt.[5] The Wildcats have also appeared in the National Invitation Tournament seven times (1983, 1994, 1999, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012).

The very first NCAA tournament championship was held at Northwestern in March of 1939.[6][7] Until making their first NCAA Tournament in 2017, Northwestern had been one of five original NCAA Division I schools and the only school from a Power Five conference to have never played an NCAA Tournament game.[8][9][10] Northwestern won their first Tournament game, defeating Vanderbilt 68–66.[11] The Wildcats lost in the Second Round, due in part to a controversial no-call of a goal tend, to No. 1-seeded Gonzaga.[12]

Season-by-season records[edit]

Season Coach Overall Conference Standing Postseason
Thomas Holland (Western Conference) (1904–1905)
1904–05 Thomas Holland 2–2
Thomas Holland: 2–2 (.500) 0–0 (–)
Louis Gillesby (Western Conference) (1906–1910)
1906–07 Louis Gillesby 1–5
1907–08 Louis Gillesby 2–7
1908–09 Louis Gillesby 1–7 1–4 7th
1909–10 Louis Gillesby 0–9 0–9 8th
Louis Gillesby: 4–28 (.125) 1–13 (.071)
Stuart Templeton (Western Conference) (1910–1911)
1910–11 Stuart Templeton 3–15 1–12 8th
Stuart Templeton: 3–15 (.167) 1–12 (.077)
Charles Hammett (Western Conference) (1911–1912)
1911–12 Charles Hammett 4–9 0–8 8th
Charles Hammett: 4–9 (.308) 0–8 (.000)
Dennis Grady (Western Conference) (1912–1914)
1912–13 Dennis Grady 14–4 7–2 2nd
1913–14 Dennis Grady 11–6 6–5 5th
Dennis Grady: 25–10 (.714) 13–7 (.650)
Fred Murphy (Western Conference) (1914–1917)
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
Fred Murphy: 28–24 (.538) 16–18 (.471)
Norman Elliott (Western Conference) (1917–1918)
1917–18 Norman Elliott 7–4 5–3 3rd
Thomas Robinson (Western Conference) (1918–1919)
1918–19 Thomas Robinson 6–6 6–4 3rd
Thomas Robinson: 6–6 (.500) 6–4 (.600)
Norman Elliott (Western Conference) (1919–1920)
1919–20 Norman Elliott 3–7 2–6 T-7th
Norman Elliott: 10–11 (.476) 7–9 (.438)
Ray Elder (Western Conference) (1920–1921)
1920–21 Ray Elder 2–12 1–11 10th
Ray Elder: 2–12 (.143) 1–11 (.083)
Dana Evans (Western Conference) (1921–1922)
1921–22 Dana Evans 7–11 3–9 10th
Dana Evans: 7–11 (.389) 3–9 (.250)
Maury Kent (Western Conference) (1922–1927)
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
Maury Kent: 19–62 (.235) 11–49 (.183)
Arthur "Dutch" Lonborg (Western Conference) (1927–1950)
1927–28 Arthur "Dutch" 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 Helms National Champion,
Premo-Porretta National Champion
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 11–9–1* 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
Arthur "Dutch" Lonborg: 236–203–1 (.538) 138–141 (.495)
Harold Olsen (Western Conference) (1950–1952)
1950–51 Harold Olsen 12–10 7–7 T-4th
1951–52 Harold Olsen 7–15 4–10 T-8th
Harold Olsen: 19–25 (.432) 11–17 (.393)
Waldo Fisher (Western Conference) (1952–1953)
1952–53 Waldo Fisher 6–16 5–13 8th
Waldo Fisher (Big Ten Conference) (1953–1957)
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
Waldo Fisher: 35–75 (.318) 21–53 (.284)
William Rohr (Big Ten Conference) (1957–1963)
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
William Rohr: 66–70 (.485) 39–45 (.464)
Larry Glass (Big Ten Conference) (1963–1969)
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
Larry Glass: 61–71 (.462) 33–45 (.423)
Brad Snyder (Big Ten Conference) (1969–1973)
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
Brad Snyder: 30–71 (.297) 16–46 (.258)
Tex Winter (Big Ten Conference) (1973–1978)
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
Tex Winter: 42–89 (.321) 25–61 (.291)
Rich Falk (Big Ten Conference) (1978–1986)
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
Rich Falk: 77–144 (.348) 32–112 (.222)
Bill Foster (Big Ten Conference) (1986–1993)
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
Bill Foster: 54–141 (.277) 13–113 (.103)
Ricky Byrdsong (Big Ten Conference) (1993–1997)
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
Ricky Byrdsong: 34–78 (.304) 10–62 (.139)
Kevin O'Neill (Big Ten Conference) (1997–2000)
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
Kevin O'Neill: 30–56 (.349) 19–39 (.328)
Bill Carmody (Big Ten Conference) (2000–2013)
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 Second Round
2012–13 Bill Carmody 13–19 4–14 11th
Bill Carmody: 192–210 (.478) 70–150 (.318)
Chris Collins (Big Ten Conference) (2013–Current)
2013–14 Chris Collins 14–19 6–12 11th
2014–15 Chris Collins 15–17 6–12 10th
2015–16 Chris Collins 20–12 8–10 9th
2016–17 Chris Collins 24–12 10–8 T-5th NCAA Second Round
2017–18 Chris Collins 15–17 6–12 10th
Chris Collins: 88–77 (.533) 36–54 (.400)
Total: 1075–1501–1 (.417)

      National champion         Postseason invitational 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

Source[13][14][15]

Notes:[edit]

*Due to a scoring error during the Notre Dame game in 1936, a game which was originally ruled a 21–20 win for Notre Dame was determined to be a tie when it was discovered Notre Dame had received on more point than they had actually scored.[16] Notre Dame returned to the court to finish the game, but Northwestern refused to return to the court. The Wildcats left the building and the game was deemed a tie.[16]

†Larry Glass left Northwestern after 18 games in 1969.[17] Brad Snyder coached the remaining six games.[17]

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 6–6 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 35–75 21–53
William Rohr 1957–1963 66–70 39–45
Larry Glass 1963–1969 61–71 33–45
Brad Snyder 1969–1973 30–71 16–46
Tex Winter 1973–1978 42–89 25–61
Rich Falk 1978–1986 77–144 32–112
Bill Foster 1986–1993 54–141 13–113
Ricky Byrdsong 1993–1997 34–78 10–62
Kevin O’Neill 1997–2000 30–56 19–39
Bill Carmody 2000–2013 192–210 70–150
Chris Collins 2013–present 88–77 36–54
Totals 1075–1501–1 (.417) 522–951 (.354) 2

Sources:[14]

Postseason[edit]

NCAA Division I tournament results[edit]

The Wildcats have appeared in the NCAA Tournament once. Their record is 1–1.

Year Seed Round Opponent Result
2017 No. 8 First Round
Second Round
No. 9 Vanderbilt
No. 1 Gonzaga
W 68–66
L 73–79

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: Bryant McIntosh (541, 2014–present)
  • Rebounds: Evan Eschmeyer (995, 1995–1999)
  • Steals: Patrick Baldwin (272, 1990–1994)
  • Blocks: Alexandru Olah (169, 2013–2016)

Single-season Leaders[edit]

  • Points Scored: John Shurna (661, 2012)
  • Assists: Bryant McIntosh (213, 2016)
  • 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: Bryant McIntosh (16, 2018)
  • Rebounds: Jim Pitts (29, 1965)
  • Steals: Nate Carter (9, 2011)
  • Blocks: Jim Pitts (10, 1966)

Source for all statistical leaders:[18]

All-Americans[edit]

Source:[19]

References[edit]

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  2. ^ "Northwestern University History 1900–1949". Archived from the original on 2008-04-24. Retrieved 2008-06-18.
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  5. ^ "Vanderbilt vs. Northwestern - Game Summary - March 16, 2017 - ESPN". ESPN.com.
  6. ^ "Eugene Register-Guard - Google News Archive Search". news.google.com.
  7. ^ "Youngstown Vindicator - Google News Archive Search". news.google.com.
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  9. ^ "Longest droughts: schools that have never made the NCAA tournament". thesportsarsenal.com. 20 February 2010.
  10. ^ Feinstein, John (15 February 2016). "When it comes to NCAA tournament, Northwestern hasn't had a shot" – via www.washingtonpost.com.
  11. ^ "Scene from Northwestern's first-ever NCAA tourney win". SI.com. Retrieved 2018-02-20.
  12. ^ "2017 March Madness: NCAA admits huge missed call in Gonzaga-Northwestern". CBSSports.com. Retrieved 2018-02-20.
  13. ^ 2012–13 Northwestern men's basketball yearbook. Retrieved 2013-Sep-10.
  14. ^ a b "Year-by-Year Summary" (PDF). Retrieved 2008-06-18.
  15. ^ "Northwestern Wildcats Index | College Basketball at Sports-Reference.com". College Basketball at Sports-Reference.com. Retrieved 2018-02-20.
  16. ^ a b Phelps, Richard (2011-09-19). Basketball For Dummies. John Wiley & Sons. ISBN 9781118092675.
  17. ^ a b "Ex-nu Coach Is Winning Now". tribunedigital-chicagotribune. Retrieved 2018-02-20.
  18. ^ "Individual Records" (PDF). Retrieved 2008-06-18.
  19. ^ "Individual Records" (PDF). Retrieved 2008-06-18.

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