The Northwestern Wildcats will have the tough task of trying to make the NCAA tournament for the first time ever in the 2013-14 college basketball season. However, they have a couple of really tough games this season in their non-conference schedule.
Northwestern will take on North Carolina State, Stanford, UCLA and Missouri this year (among other teams of course). The rest of its schedule is pretty manageable, but you have to applaud first year head coach Chris Collins for scheduling some tough games right off of the bat.
Plus, Big Ten play will be brutal.
The Wildcats are coming off of a season where they finished with an overall record of 13-19 and a Big Ten record of 4-14. Leading scorer Drew Crawford will be back. He basically missed all of last year due to an injury.
UCLA and Missouri will not be easy games whatsoever and are likely the Wildcats’ toughest matchups. Stanford should compete for a Pac-12 title, but who knows if they will have enough talent to actually win the conference. My guess is that it won’t.
North Carolina State will look way different in the upcoming season and will not be predicted to win the ACC this time around.
With that said, Northwestern very well could lose all four games stated above. This was not a good basketball team last year and it does lose some talent. Not to mention, it will have a new coach in the 2013-14 season. Still, there is always that chance that the Wildcats will break through and make their first dance ever.