The Northwestern Wildcats have never been to the NCAA Tournament. This season isn’t looking much better for the Wildcats, but after a 75-60 win over the Purdue Boilermakers on Saturday, Northwestern is 13-10 for the season. Northwestern started red-hot in the win and never took their foot off the gas pedal to get to 4-6 in the Big Ten, as Purdue fell to 11-11 and 4-5 in the Big Ten. That kind of record will definitely make it impossible for Northwestern to make the tournament and if the team wants to save Bill Carmody’s job, they will need to six of their last eight games before the Big Ten Tournament.
Carmody has been the most successful coach in Northwestern history for a lot of reasons, but at some point, you have to find a way to actually make the NCAA Tournament. Northwestern has been very close the last two seasons, but with injuries and academic issues this season, it appears unlikely that the Wildcats find a way to go for the first time.
It is now up to Carmody’s players to save his job. If Northwestern can win six of their last eight games, they would be 19-12 going into the Big Ten Tournament, where I truly believe they would have to win two games there just to have a chance to burst the bubble and make it. It will definitely be a very hard and difficult climb for it to happen but maybe the Wildcats have a miracle somewhere inside them, and it can allow Carmody to remain in Evanston where he could make even more history for a long-suffering fan base.