Will the Northwestern Wildcats Ever Be Good In College Basketball?

By Trevor Lowry
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When is the last time that the Northwestern Wildcats have had a successful season in college basketball? Let’s put it this way: the Wildcats have never made the NCAA Tournament. Nope. Not once and not ever. So, will they ever be good?

After finishing the season with an overall record of 13-19, it would probably be safe to say that this team will never be good rather than saying that there will be a chance for them to compete in the sport some day. Although, that is probably a little too harsh.

It is really hard to believe that Northwestern plays in the Big 10 Conference and has never made it to the tournament.

Luckily, Northwestern will be getting back its best player in Drew Crawford, but there is only so much that he can do. However, it is important to note that he did help lead the Wildcats to a 19 win season overall just last season, but still the year ended with an NIT appearance. Heck, the season before that, the Wildcats had 20 overall victories, but I am sure anyone could guess how that ended–another NIT appearance. The NIT appearances go on and on.

If Crawford has a monster season, though, and by monster I mean pretty much leading the Big Ten in scoring, there is a chance that this team can dance for the first time ever. The other players will have to come up big as well.

This is a team that has put together some decent seasons, they just cannot seem to reach the goal, which is making the Big Dance. The Chicago Cubs kind of have the same issue. They haven’t won the World Series in what seems to be forever, but they still put together some decent teams from time to time (disregard that sentence for the last couple of seasons).

Whether the case, it is tough to say if Northwestern will ever compete on a yearly basis in college basketball, but maybe a tournament bid is in its near future.


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