The struggles for the Northwestern Wildcats have been well-documented over the years.
They are one of only a handful of teams to have never made the NCAA Tournament in their history. Despite heightened levels of optimism surrounding the program in recent years, and strong starts in non-conference play, they haven’t been able to punch their first ticket to the Big Dance.
After departures to key players in advance of the 2016-17 season, some are left wondering whether this year can be the year. Led by guard Bryant McIntosh and a strong recruiting class that features three 3-star recruits, Northwestern will be looking to get back to the post-season, and finally clinch a spot in the ever-elusive field of 68.
2015-16 Record: 20-12 (8-10 in Big Ten; 9th)
Key Returnees: Bryant McIntosh, Vic Law
Key Departures: Alex Olah, Tre’ Demps, Joey van Zegeren
(** Denotes Conference Play)
11/4/2016: v. Illinois Springfield (Exhibition)
11/11/2016: v. Mississippi Valley State Delta Devils
11/14/2016: v. TBD (Legends Classic)
11/16/2016: @ Butler Bulldogs (Gavitt Tip-Off Games)
11/21/2016: v. TBD (Legends Classic)
11/22/2016: v. TBD (Legends Classic)
11/25/2016: v. TBD (Legends Classic)
11/28/2016: v. Wake Forest Demon Deacons (Big Ten/ACC Challenge)
12/3/2016: v. DePaul Blue Demons
12/11/2016: v. New Orleans Privateers
12/14/2016: v. Chicago State Cougars
12/17/2016: v. Dayton Flyers (State Farm Chicago Legends)
*United Center; Chicago, IL
12/20/2016: v. IUPUI Jaguars
12/22/2016: v. Houston Baptist Huskies
Conference Schedule: TBD