“Brain-freeze” foul in final minute ends up as difference in Vanderbilt’s loss to Northwestern

Northwestern’s first NCAA tournament appearance in history has already been one to remember, with their 68-66 first-round win over Vanderbilt Thursday coming thanks to one of the more bizarre fouls you’ll ever see. The Wildcats did well early on, leading 34-27 at the half and 49-34 with less than 14 minutes to go, but the Commodores mounted a ferocious comeback led by Matthew...
Via The Comeback
March 16, 2017  |  Discuss

Vanderbilt commits costly intentional foul in loss to Northwestern

Vanderbilt’s Matthew Fisher-Davis made an extremely questionable play at the end of Thursday’s NCAA Tournament loss to Northwestern that cost the Commodores the lead in their first-round game.Vandy had just gone up 66-65 on a layup with 17.8 seconds left. That gave Northwestern the ball with some pressure to score to go ahead. But Vanderbilt did them a favor by intentionally...
Via Larry Brown Sports
March 16, 2017  |  Discuss

Northwestern alum Trevor Siemian hopeful Wildcats can make a splash

On Thursday afternoon, the Northwestern Wildcats will take on the take on the Vanderbilt Commodores in the first round of the NCAA Tournament. A proud alum, Denver Broncos quarterback Trevor Siemian has a bold prediction as to how far his college will go. “All the way,” Siemian told, “of course.” It’s Northwestern’s first trip to the dance. In fact...
Via Mile High Sports
March 16, 2017

A quick look at Vandy-Northwestern in the NCAA Tournament

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) No. 8 seed Northwestern (23-11) vs. No. 9 seed Vanderbilt (19-15) First round, West region; Salt Lake City; 4:30 p.m. EDT BOTTOM LINE: After more than 100 years of basketball, Northwestern finally made it. Led by Vic Law and a group of believers in coach Chris Collins' vision, the Wildcats are making their first NCAA Tournament appearance. BENCH SCORING:...
Via AP on Fox
March 15, 2017  |  Discuss

Learning experience: Northwestern, Vandy in NCAA Brain Bowl

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) At Northwestern, they're celebrating a first-of-its-kind accomplishment - embarking on a trip to the NCAA Tournament that has eluded a school known for books, not basketball. At Vanderbilt, they're shrugging their shoulders - proving once again that smart guys can play hoops, too. Welcome to the Brain Game - the NCAA's plausibly deniable attempt at humor in...
Via AP on Fox
March 15, 2017  |  Discuss

10 biggest storylines for the first round of NCAA Tournament

College basketball fans are salivating. March Madness has arrived, and two of the best days on the sports calendar are coming up. There are 16 games taking place on Thursday and 16 more on Friday for the first round of the NCAA Tournament.The first two days of March Madness never disappoint, bringing buzzer-beaters, upsets, and shocking drama.The narratives that will unfold over...
Via Larry Brown Sports
March 13, 2017  |  Discuss

Julia Louis-Dreyfus sends greatest NCAA Tournament tweet ever

Shut it down, folks. Shut it all down.Julia Louis-Dreyfus can settle in as the queen of Twitter after sending this real and spectacular tweet on Sunday evening after Northwestern received a bid to the NCAA Tournament: Louis-Dreyfus’ son, Charlie Hall, plays for Northwestern, which naturally makes Julia a fan of the team. The sophomore forward actually played a minute during the...
Via Larry Brown Sports
March 12, 2017  |  Discuss

Northwestern Wildcats are in Washington, D.C. for business

The Northwestern Wildcats did not arrive in Washington, D.C. for the Big Ten Tournament to rest on their laurels. In dismantling Rutgers, they came to play. The Northwestern Wildcats were probably in. Their regular season should have been enough to get them into the Tournament.Things are never easy for the Wildcats, nor are they sure. Especially when Northwestern is travelling in...
Via Talking 10
March 10, 2017

Northwestern basketball's greatest night, and all the pain it washed away

EVANSTON, Ill. — At just before 8 p.m. central, on March 1, 2017, Northwestern effectively clinched the first NCAA Tournament berth in school history on a layup off a full-court pass with no time remaining.Seriously.During a timeout with 1.7 seconds remaining, in a game tied 65-65, Northwestern assistant Brian James drew up a Christian Laettner-against-Kentucky-esque play. Nate...
Via FOX Sports
March 01, 2017

Layup at buzzer lifts Northwestern over Michigan

EVANSTON, Ill. (AP) -- Dererk Pardon scored on a layup at the buzzer off a long inbound pass from Nathan Taphorn to give Northwestern a 67-65 victory over Michigan on Wednesday night. The Wolverines' Zak Irvin had just missed a 3-pointer in the closing seconds. The ball got knocked out of bounds and, after timeout, Taphorn threw a baseball style pass the length of the court, hitting...
Via AP on Fox
March 01, 2017  |  Discuss

Northwestern Locks up NCAA Tourney Berth on Buzzer Beater

No streak in college basketball may be more talked about than that of the Northwestern Wildcats and their absence in the NCAA tournament. You know, as in they’ve never made the NCAA tournament…EVER. It isn’t something Northwestern fans aren’t well, well, WELL aware of on a yearly basis. Northwestern fans often joke about the NCAA tournament like Chicago Cubs fans have about...
Via Talking 10
March 01, 2017

Northwestern may have locked up Tourney berth with buzzer-beater

As you may be well aware, the Northwestern Wildcats have never, ever, ever made it to the NCAA Tournament. It’s one of the most infamous streaks of futility in college athletics, but if the Cubs can win the World Series than anything in sports is possible. And in the most dramatic way possible, Wednesday night’s victory over Michigan may have just proven that to be true even...
Via The Comeback
March 01, 2017  |  Discuss

It's Finally The Wildcats' Time To Shine

November 23rd, 2016. I was sitting courtside covering the Legends Classic at Barclays Arena, witnessing a great championship game between the Northwestern Wildcats and the Notre Dame Fighting Irish. With under four minutes left, the Wildcats were up by six points and I was sure that this game would make them a NCAA tournament team. But the Wildcats' defensive struggles came...
Via The Sports Quotient
February 18, 2017  |  Discuss

On the verge of an NCAA Tournament berth, Northwestern feels like a basketball school

Some time in the last few months, when no one was looking, Northwestern became a basketball school. Yes, Northwestern. The program that won more than 10 games only four times between 1970 and 1998. The program that has spent two weeks in the AP Top 25 over the past 48 seasons. The program that is, quite famously, the only one in the five major conferences to have never made the NCAA...
Via The Comeback
February 16, 2017  |  Discuss

College athletes at private schools should be considered employees, according to NLRB

The National Labor Relations Board struck a big blow for college athletes on Wednesday. Well, not for all college athletes. But the ruling could ignite a big change, particularly in college football, where the debate over whether or not to pay athletes has been consistently argued.According to a memorandum sent from the NLRB’s general counsel, Richard F. Griffin, to the board...
Via The Comeback
February 01, 2017  |  Discuss

4-star defensive end at top of Northwestern's 17-man class

EVANSTON, Ill. (AP) Northwestern emphasized defense in the class it signed Wednesday, with 10 of the 17 scholarship recruits projected to play on that side of the ball. The Wildcats picked up three defensive linemen, three linebackers, three safeties and a cornerback in hopes of improving a unit that ranked last in the Big Ten in pass defense. On offense, receivers and linemen...
Via AP on Fox
February 01, 2017  |  Discuss

Rolling Northwestern dreaming of 1st NCAA Tournament berth

EVANSTON, Ill. (AP) Bryant McIntosh is close enough he can see it when he closes his eyes. They all can, up and down the coaching staff and throughout the roster. With every 3-pointer, every shutdown performance, they move one step closer to the sweetest of uncharted territory for Northwestern. At long last, the NCAA Tournament. The Wildcats have been playing men's basketball...
Via AP on Fox
January 30, 2017  |  Discuss

Pardon leads Northwestern to 5th straight, 73-61 over Nebraska

The Northwestern Wildcats came into their matchup Thursday against Nebraska with a 16-4 record, which is their best start through twenty games in school history. Their 16th victory came against Ohio State in Columbus, winning there for the first time in forty years. The Wildcats definitely carried that momentum over from Sunday, as they defeated the Cornhuskers 73-61 for their...
Via The Catch and Shoot
January 27, 2017

Pardon dominates as Northwestern beats Nebraska 73-61

EVANSTON, Ill. (AP) Dererk Pardon dominated with 19 points and a career-high 22 rebounds to lead Northwestern to a 73-61 victory over struggling Nebraska on Thursday night. Pardon, a sophomore, had the first 20-rebound game for Northwestern since Evan Eschmeyer grabbed 21 against Penn State on Jan. 20, 1999. Vic Law scored 20, and the Wildcats (17-4, 6-2 Big Ten) won their fifth...
Via AP on Fox
January 26, 2017  |  Discuss

Northwestern or TCU: Which underdog is more likely to make the NCAA Tournament?

Northwestern and TCU are not typically associated with March Madness. That could change this season. The Northwestern Wildcats and TCU Horned Frogs are not frequent postseason participants. For TCU, they’ve made the NCAA Tournament just seven times, with their last trip in 1998. Northwestern? Never, famously. The Wildcats’ first 20-win season ever was within the last decade...
Via The Comeback
January 23, 2017  |  Discuss

Northwestern wins in Columbus for 1st time since 1977

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) Scottie Lindsey scored 21 points, Bryant McIntosh had 17 and Northwestern won at Ohio State for the first time since 1977 with a 74-72 comeback victory on Sunday. The Buckeyes cut the lead to two points on a Micah Potter 3-pointer with 24 seconds left. But C.J. Jackson had to foul Vic Law, who sank both foul shots to make it 72-68. Marc Loving got it back to...
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January 22, 2017  |  Discuss

Northwestern linebacker Walker entering NFL draft

EVANSTON, Ill. (AP) Northwestern linebacker Anthony Walker Jr. says he will enter the NFL draft. Walker announced Friday on Twitter that he's skipping his final season of eligibility. Walker emerged as a redshirt sophomore in 2015 with 122 tackles and 20 1/2 for loss - fourth in the Big Ten. He had 105 tackles this season as the Wildcats went 7-6 and won the Pinstripe Bowl. ...
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December 31, 2016  |  Discuss

Pat Fitzgerald pumped Northwestern up with video of Danny Kanell putting 40 confidence points on Pitt

Playing in a bowl game with a 6-6 record, there weren’t many on chips on Northwestern’s shoulder. At that point, you’re more or less just happy to play another game. But ESPN analyst Danny Kanell gave the Wildcats some extra motivation by basically guaranteeing on national television that Pittsburgh would beat Northwestern in the Pinstripe Bowl on Wednesday. Kanell put 40...
Via The Comeback
December 28, 2016  |  Discuss

Northwestern to honor Craig Sager with helmet patch in Pinstripe Bowl

Craig Sager graduated from Northwestern University in 1973, and was yet another media member to attend the school, which has produced many famous journalists. He even played the role of the team’s Willie the Wildcat mascot, which many people don’t know. Sager passed away from acute myeloid leukemia on Dec. 15, and the university will be honoring him during the Pinstripe Bowl...
Via The Sports Daily
December 27, 2016  |  Discuss

Northwestern to honor alum Craig Sager with helmet sticker during Pinstripe Bowl

The Northwestern Wildcats will honor the late Craig Sager when they face the Pittsburgh Panthers in the Pinstripe Bowl on Wednesday.The Wildcats will pay tribute to the longtime sports journalist – and his trademark fashion choices – with this helmet sticker:Sager, who passed away on Dec. 15 at age 65 after a long battle with leukemia, graduated from Northwestern in 1973. But...
Via FOX Sports
December 27, 2016
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