Northwestern Wildcats men's basketball

The Northwestern Wildcats men's basketball team is an NCAA Division I college basketball team representing Northwestern University in the Big Ten Conference. Men's basketball was introduced at Northwestern in 1901.[2] As of 2018 the team is coached by Chris Collins. The Wildcats received their only invitation to the NCAA Tournament in 2017, after 78 straight years without a bid.[3] The Wildcats have won two Big Ten conference championships (1931 and 1933).

Northwestern Wildcats
2019–20 Northwestern Wildcats men's basketball team
UniversityNorthwestern University
All-time record1088–1520–1 (.417)
Head coachChris Collins (6th season)
ConferenceBig Ten
LocationEvanston, Illinois
ArenaWelsh-Ryan Arena
(Capacity: 7,500)
NicknameWildcats
Student sectionWildside
ColorsPurple and White[1]
         
Uniforms
Home
Away
Pre-tournament Premo-Porretta Champions
1931
Pre-tournament Helms Champions
1931
NCAA Tournament Round of 32
2017
NCAA Tournament Appearances
2017
Conference Regular Season Champions
1931, 1933

History

Although Northwestern had great success in the early part of the 20th century, it has spent most of the time since World War II in the bottom half of the Big Ten. The Wildcats were retroactively selected as the 1930–31 national champion by both the Helms Athletic Foundation and the Premo-Porretta Power Poll,[4] and have won only one other conference title, in 1933. It has only finished above fourth place twice since World War II, and did not have a winning record in conference play from 1968 until 2017. During that time, only the 2003–04 team even managed a .500 conference record. On March 1, 2017, the Wildcats won their 10th conference game (a 67–65 win over Michigan) to clinch their first winning Big Ten record in almost half a century. That season also saw the Wildcats make their first NCAA Tournament in school history, winning their first NCAA tournament game 68–66 against Vanderbilt.[5] The Wildcats have also appeared in the National Invitation Tournament seven times (1983, 1994, 1999, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012).

The very first NCAA tournament championship was held at Northwestern in March 1939.[6][7] Until making their first NCAA Tournament in 2017, Northwestern had been one of five original NCAA Division I schools and the only school from a Power Five conference to have never played an NCAA Tournament game.[8][9][10] Northwestern won their first Tournament game, defeating Vanderbilt 68–66.[11] The Wildcats lost in the Second Round, due in part to a controversial no-call of a goal tend, to No. 1-seeded Gonzaga.[12]

Season-by-season records

Season Coach Overall Conference Standing Postseason
Thomas Holland (Western Conference) (1904–1905)
1904–05 Thomas Holland 2–2
Thomas Holland: 2–2 (.500)0–0 (–)
Louis Gillesby (Western Conference) (1906–1910)
1906–07 Louis Gillesby 1–5
1907–08 Louis Gillesby 2–7
1908–09 Louis Gillesby 1–71–47th
1909–10 Louis Gillesby 0–90–98th
Louis Gillesby: 4–28 (.125)1–13 (.071)
Stuart Templeton (Western Conference) (1910–1911)
1910–11 Stuart Templeton 3–151–128th
Stuart Templeton: 3–15 (.167)1–12 (.077)
Charles Hammett (Western Conference) (1911–1912)
1911–12 Charles Hammett 4–90–88th
Charles Hammett: 4–9 (.308)0–8 (.000)
Dennis Grady (Western Conference) (1912–1914)
1912–13 Dennis Grady 14–47–22nd
1913–14 Dennis Grady 11–66–55th
Dennis Grady: 25–10 (.714)13–7 (.650)
Fred Murphy (Western Conference) (1914–1917)
1914–15 Fred Murphy 11–85–5T-4th
1915–16 Fred Murphy 14–59–3T-2nd
1916–17 Fred Murphy 3–112–108th
Fred Murphy: 28–24 (.538)16–18 (.471)
Norman Elliott (Western Conference) (1917–1918)
1917–18 Norman Elliott 7–45–33rd
Thomas Robinson (Western Conference) (1918–1919)
1918–19 Thomas Robinson 6–66–43rd
Thomas Robinson: 6–6 (.500)6–4 (.600)
Norman Elliott (Western Conference) (1919–1920)
1919–20 Norman Elliott 3–72–6T-7th
Norman Elliott: 10–11 (.476)7–9 (.438)
Ray Elder (Western Conference) (1920–1921)
1920–21 Ray Elder 2–121–1110th
Ray Elder: 2–12 (.143)1–11 (.083)
Dana Evans (Western Conference) (1921–1922)
1921–22 Dana Evans 7–113–910th
Dana Evans: 7–11 (.389)3–9 (.250)
Maury Kent (Western Conference) (1922–1927)
1922–23 Maury Kent 5–113–98th
1923–24 Maury Kent 0–160–1210th
1924–25 Maury Kent 6–104–88th
1925–26 Maury Kent 5–123–910th
1926–27 Maury Kent 3–141–11T–9th
Maury Kent: 19–62 (.235)11–49 (.183)
Arthur "Dutch" Lonborg (Western Conference) (1927–1950)
1927–28 Arthur "Dutch" Lonborg 12–59–3T-3rd
1928–29 Arthur Lonborg 12–57–54th
1929–30 Arthur Lonborg 8–86–66th
1930–31 Arthur Lonborg 16–111–11stHelms National Champion,
Premo-Porretta National Champion
1931–32 Arthur Lonborg 13–59–3T-2nd
1932–33 Arthur Lonborg 15–410–2T-1st
1933–34 Arthur Lonborg 11–88–4T-2nd
1934–35 Arthur Lonborg 10–103–98th
1935–36 Arthur Lonborg 13–6–17–5T-3rd
1936–37 Arthur Lonborg 11–9–1*4–87th
1937–38 Arthur Lonborg 10–107–5T-3rd
1938–39 Arthur Lonborg 7–135–76th
1939–40 Arthur Lonborg 13–77–5T-4th
1940–41 Arthur Lonborg 7–113–99th
1941–42 Arthur Lonborg 8–135–10T-7th
1942–43 Arthur Lonborg 8–97–53rd
1943–44 Arthur Lonborg 12–78–4T-4th
1944–45 Arthur Lonborg 7–124–8T-6th
1945–46 Arthur Lonborg 15–58–4T-3rd
1946–47 Arthur Lonborg 7–132–109th
1947–48 Arthur Lonborg 6–143–9T-8th
1948–49 Arthur Lonborg 5–162–109th
1949–50 Arthur Lonborg 10–123–9T-8th
Arthur "Dutch" Lonborg: 236–203–1 (.538)138–141 (.495)
Harold Olsen (Western Conference) (1950–1952)
1950–51 Harold Olsen 12–107–7T-4th
1951–52 Harold Olsen 7–154–10T-8th
Harold Olsen: 19–25 (.432)11–17 (.393)
Waldo Fisher (Western Conference) (1952–1953)
1952–53 Waldo Fisher 6–165–138th
Waldo Fisher (Big Ten Conference) (1953–1957)
1953–54 Waldo Fisher 9–136–8T-5th
1954–55 Waldo Fisher 12–107–75th
1955–56 Waldo Fisher 2–201–1310th
1956–57 Waldo Fisher 6–162–1210th
Waldo Fisher: 35–75 (.318)21–53 (.284)
William Rohr (Big Ten Conference) (1957–1963)
1957–58 William Rohr 13–98–6T-4th
1958–59 William Rohr 15–78–6T-2nd
1959–60 William Rohr 11–128–6T-3rd
1960–61 William Rohr 10–126–86th
1961–62 William Rohr 8–153–11T-9th
1962–63 William Rohr 9–156–87th
William Rohr: 66–70 (.485)39–45 (.464)
Larry Glass (Big Ten Conference) (1963–1969)
1963–64 Larry Glass 8–136–8T-6th
1964–65 Larry Glass 7–173–119th
1965–66 Larry Glass 12–127–7T-5th
1966–67 Larry Glass 11–117–7T-5th
1967–68 Larry Glass 13–108–64th
1968–69 Larry Glass/Brad Snyder 14–10†6–8T-5th
Larry Glass: 61–71 (.462)33–45 (.423)
Brad Snyder (Big Ten Conference) (1969–1973)
1969–70 Brad Snyder 9–154–109th
1970–71 Brad Snyder 7–173–1110th
1971–72 Brad Snyder 5–183–1110th
1972–73 Brad Snyder 5–192–1210th
Brad Snyder: 30–71 (.297)16–46 (.258)
Tex Winter (Big Ten Conference) (1973–1978)
1973–74 Tex Winter 9–153–119th
1974–75 Tex Winter 6–204–14T-9th
1975–76 Tex Winter 12–157–11T-7th
1976–77 Tex Winter 9–187–11T-7th
1977–78 Tex Winter 8–194–14T-9th
Tex Winter: 42–89 (.321)25–61 (.291)
Rich Falk (Big Ten Conference) (1978–1986)
1978–79 Rich Falk 6–212–1610th
1979–80 Rich Falk 10–175–1310th
1980–81 Rich Falk 9–183–1510th
1981–82 Rich Falk 9–183–1510th
1982–83 Rich Falk 18–128–108thNIT Second Round
1983–84 Rich Falk 14–147–117th
1984–85 Rich Falk 6–222–1610th
1985–86 Rich Falk 8–202–1610th
Rich Falk: 77–144 (.348)32–112 (.222)
Bill Foster (Big Ten Conference) (1986–1993)
1986–87 Bill Foster 7–212–16T-9th
1987–88 Bill Foster 7–212–1610th
1988–89 Bill Foster 9–192–1610th
1989–90 Bill Foster 9–192–1610th
1990–91 Bill Foster 5–230–1810th
1991–92 Bill Foster 9–192–1610th
1992–93 Bill Foster 8–193–1510th
Bill Foster: 54–141 (.277)13–113 (.103)
Ricky Byrdsong (Big Ten Conference) (1993–1997)
1993–94 Ricky Byrdsong 15–145–13T-10thNIT Second Round
1994–95 Ricky Byrdsong 5–221–1711th
1995–96 Ricky Byrdsong 7–202–1611th
1996–97 Ricky Byrdsong 7–222–1611th
Ricky Byrdsong: 34–78 (.304)10–62 (.139)
Kevin O'Neill (Big Ten Conference) (1997–2000)
1997–98 Kevin O'Neill 10–173–139th
1998–99 Kevin O'Neill 15–146–108thNIT First Round
1999–00 Kevin O'Neill 5–250–1611th
Kevin O'Neill: 30–56 (.349)19–39 (.328)
Bill Carmody (Big Ten Conference) (2000–2013)
2000–01 Bill Carmody 11–193–1311th
2001–02 Bill Carmody 16–137–97th
2002–03 Bill Carmody 12–173–1310th
2003–04 Bill Carmody 14–158–8T-5th
2004–05 Bill Carmody 15–166–108th
2005–06 Bill Carmody 14–156–10T-8th
2006–07 Bill Carmody 13–182–14T-10th
2007–08 Bill Carmody 8–221–1711th
2008–09 Bill Carmody 17–148–109thNIT First Round
2009–10 Bill Carmody 20–147–11T-7thNIT First Round
2010–11 Bill Carmody 20–147–118thNIT Quarterfinals
2011–12 Bill Carmody 19–148–10T-7thNIT Second Round
2012–13 Bill Carmody 13–194–1411th
Bill Carmody: 192–210 (.478)70–150 (.318)
Chris Collins (Big Ten Conference) (2013–Current)
2013–14 Chris Collins 14–196–1211th
2014–15 Chris Collins 15–176–1210th
2015–16 Chris Collins 20–128–109th
2016–17 Chris Collins 24–1210–8T-5thNCAA Second Round
2017–18 Chris Collins 15–176–1210th
2018–19 Chris Collins 13–194–1614th
Chris Collins: 101–96 (.513)40–70 (.364)
Total:1088–1520–1 (.417)

      National champion         Postseason invitational champion  
      Conference regular season champion         Conference regular season and conference tournament champion
      Division regular season champion       Division regular season and conference tournament champion
      Conference tournament champion

Source[13][14][15]

Notes

*Due to a scoring error during the Notre Dame game in 1936, a game which was originally ruled a 21–20 win for Notre Dame was determined to be a tie when it was discovered Notre Dame had received on more point than they had actually scored.[16] Notre Dame returned to the court to finish the game, but Northwestern refused to return to the court. The Wildcats left the building and the game was deemed a tie.[16]

†Larry Glass left Northwestern after 18 games in 1969.[17] Brad Snyder coached the remaining six games.[17]

Coaching history

CoachYearsRecordConference
Record
Conference
Titles
Tom Holland1904–19052–20–0
Louis Gillesby1906–19104–281–13
Stuart Templeton1910–19113–151–12
Charles Hammett1911–19124–90–8
Dennis Grady1912–191425–1013–7
Fred Murphy1914–191728–2416–18
Norman Elliott1917–1918, 1919–192010–117–9
Tom Robinson1918–19196–66–4
Ray Elder1920–19212–121–11
Dana Evans1921–19227–113–9
Maury Kent1922–192719–6211–49
Arthur Lonborg1927–1950236–203–1138–1412
Harold Olsen1950–195219–2511–17
Waldo Fisher1952–195735–7521–53
William Rohr1957–196366–7039–45
Larry Glass1963–196961–7133–45
Brad Snyder1969–197330–7116–46
Tex Winter1973–197842–89 25–61
Rich Falk1978–198677–144 32–112
Bill Foster1986–199354–14113–113
Ricky Byrdsong1993–199734–7810–62
Kevin O’Neill1997–200030–5619–39
Bill Carmody2000–2013192–210 70–150
Chris Collins2013–present101–96 40–70
Totals 1088–1520–1 (.417) 526–967 (.352) 2

Sources:[14]

Postseason

NCAA Division I tournament results

The Wildcats have appeared in the NCAA Tournament once. Their record is 1–1.

Year Seed Round Opponent Result
2017No. 8First Round
Second Round
No. 9 Vanderbilt
No. 1 Gonzaga
W 68–66
L 73–79

NIT results

The Wildcats have appeared in the National Invitation Tournament (NIT) seven times. Their combined record is 5–7.

Year Round Opponent Result
1983First Round
Second Round
Notre Dame
DePaul
W 71–57
L 63–65
1994First Round
Second Round
DePaul
Xavier
W 69–68
L 79–83
1999First RoundDePaulL 64–69
2009First RoundTulsaL 59–68
2010First RoundRhode IslandL 64–76
2011First Round
Second Round
Quarterfinals
Milwaukee
Boston College
Washington State
W 70–61
W 85–67
L 66–69 OT
2012First Round
Second Round
Akron
Washington
W 76–74
L 55–76

All-time statistical leaders

Career leaders

Single-season Leaders

  • Points Scored: John Shurna (661, 2012)
  • Assists: Bryant McIntosh (213, 2016)
  • Rebounds: Jim Pitts (321, 1966)
  • Steals: Pat Baldwin (90, 1991)
  • Blocks: Jim Pitts (123, 1966)

Single-game leaders

  • Points Scored: Rich Falk (49, 1964)
  • Assists: Bryant McIntosh (16, 2018)
  • Rebounds: Jim Pitts (29, 1965)
  • Steals: Nate Carter (9, 2011)
  • Blocks: Jim Pitts (10, 1966)

Source for all statistical leaders:[18]

All-Americans

Source:[19]

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