Northwestern Looks to Make First NCAA Tournament Appearance

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When March rolls around, the Northwestern men’s basketball team has usually been finishing a sub-par regular season and then exiting the Big Tournament earlier then they would like, but this year, things seem to be looking up. The Wildcats hold an overall record of 21-10 and are 10-8 through Big Ten play this season, which many college basketball experts think will be enough to get the program into its first ever NCAA tournament.

When the Big Ten Tournament second round kicks off Wednesday, March 8, Northwestern will look to keep building onto an already impressive resume, trying to get a win against either Ohio State or Rutgers. If they were to win their second-round game, they would meet up with the third seeded team in the tournament, the Maryland Terrapins. The Big Ten tournament does not have to be won by Northwestern to punch their ticket to “the dance”, but it would certainly give them a huge amount of momentum as it would be their first ever Big Ten Tournament Championship.

According to ESPN, the Wildcats are currently projected to be an 8 seed in the West region of the NCAA tournament. Whether they get a better or worse seed relies primarily on the results of not only the Big Ten Tournament, but also all the other conference tournaments that will be beginning shortly. Making the NCAA tournament would be a huge stepping stone for the Northwestern Men’s Basketball program, but the team will not be content with just making it. Just like every other team, they will look to make as deep of a run into March as they can. Will they be able to do it? Only time will tell!





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Northwestern Looks to Make First NCAA Tournament Appearance