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Northwestern Wildcats
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School Name: Northwestern University
Location: Evanston, IL
Arena: Welsh-Ryan Arena
Capacity: 8,117
Conference: Big Ten
Head coach: Bill Carmody

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 first introduced at Northwestern in 1901.[1] Home games are played at Welsh-Ryan Arena, located on Northwestern's campus in Evanston, Illinois.

The team is infamous for its futility, winning its sole National Championship in 1931 (according to the Helms Athletic Foundation) and its last Big Ten Conference title in 1933. The team has consistently finished in the bottom half of the Big Ten, with only two finishes above fourth place since World War II and none since 1968. It has never appeared in an NCAA tournament (despite hosting the first NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Championship game in 1939 and the 1956 NCAA Men's Final Four[2]). It has appeared in the National Invitation Tournament 6 times (1983, 1994, 1999, 2009, 2010, 2011).

Past Seasons

Season Overall Record Home Record Away Record Conference Record Place Coach
1904-05 2-2 1-1 1-1 Tom Holland
1905-06 No Games Played
1906-07 1-5 1-4 0-1 Louis Gillesby
1907-08 2-7 2-3 0-4 Louis Gillesby
1908-09 1-7 1-6 0-1 1-4 7th Louis Gillesby
1909-10 0-9 0-5 0-4 0-9 8th Louis Gillesby
1910-11 3-15 4-8 0-7 1-12 8th Stuart Templeton
1911-12 4-9 4-4 0-5 0-8 8th Charles Hammett
1912-13 14-4 10-2 4-2 7-2 2nd Dennis Grady
1913-14 11-6 8-3 3-3 6-5 5th Dennis Grady
1914-15 12-8 7-4 4-4 5-5 T-4th Fred Murphy
1915-16 14-5 7-1 7-4 9-3 T-2nd Fred Murphy
1916-17 3-11 2-6 1-5 2-10 8th Fred Murphy
1917-18 6-4 6-1 1-3 5-3 3rd Norman Elliott
1918-19 7-6 4-2 2-4 6-4 3rd Tom Robinson
1919-20 3-7 3-3 0-4 2-6 T-7th Norman Elliott
1920-21 2-12 2-6 0-6 1-11 10th Ray Elder
1921-22 7-11 7-2 0-9 3-9 10th Dana Evans
1922-23 5-11 3-6 2-4 3-9 8th Maury Kent
1923-24 0-16 0-9 0-7 0-12 10th Maury Kent
1924-25 6-10 4-5 2-5 4-8 8th Maury Kent
1925-26 5-12 5-5 0-7 3-9 10th Maury Kent
1926-27 3-14 3-7 0-7 1-11 T-9th Maury Kent
1927-28 12-5 9-1 3-4 9-3 T-3rd Arthur Lonborg
1928-29 12-5 8-2 4-3 7-5 4th Arthur Lonborg
1929-30 8-8 4-5 4-3 6-6 6th Arthur Lonborg
1930-31# 16-1 9-1 7-0 11-1 1st Arthur Lonborg
1931-32 13-5 7-3 5-2 9-3 T-2nd Arthur Lonborg
1932-33 15-4 11-0 4-4 10-2 T-1st Arthur Lonborg
1933-34 11-8 8-3 3-5 8-4 T-2nd Arthur Lonborg
1934-35 10-10 8-5 2-5 3-9 8th Arthur Lonborg
1935-36 13-6-1 9-2-1 4-4 7-5 T-3rd Arthur Lonborg
  • Northwestern and Notre Dame played to a 20-20 tie on Dec. 31, 1935.
  • 1936-37 11-9 8-5 3-4 4-8 7th Arthur Lonborg
    1937-38 10-10 6-5 4-5 7-5 T-3rd Arthur Lonborg
    1938-39 7-13 6-5 1-8 5-7 6th Arthur Lonborg
    1939-40 13-7 9-2 4-5 7-5 T-4th Arthur Lonborg
    1940-41 7-11 6-4 1-7 3-9 9th Arthur Lonborg
    1941-42 8-13 5-5 2-6 5-10 T-7th Arthur Lonborg
    1942-43 8-9 4-1 3-4 7-5 3rd Arthur Lonborg
    1943-44 12-7 2-2 5-3 8-4 T-4th Arthur Lonborg
    1944-45 7-12 3-1 2-6 4-8 T-6th Arthur Lonborg
    1945-46 15-5 6-0 4-4 8-4 T-3rd Arthur Lonborg
    1946-47 7-13 3-1 0-6 2-10 9th Arthur Lonborg
    1947-48 6-14 5-2 0-6 3-9 T-8th Arthur Lonborg
    1948-49 5-16 1-2 1-8 2-10 9th Arthur Lonborg
    1949-50 10-12 5-0 1-6 3-9 T-8th Arthur Lonborg
    1950-51 12-10 5-3 6-5 7-7 T-4th Harold Olson
    1951-52 7-15 6-5 1-10 4-10 T-8th Harold Olson
    1952-53 6-16 4-8 2-8 5-13 8th Waldo Fisher
    1953-54 9-13 8-3 1-10 6-8 T-5th Waldo Fisher
    1954-55 12-10 11-2 1-8 7-7 5th Waldo Fisher
    1955-56 2-20 2-9 0-11 1-13 10th Waldo Fisher
    1956-57 6-16 4-7 1-9 2-12 10th Waldo Fisher
    1957-58 13-9 7-4 4-5 8-6 T-4th William Rohr
    1958-59 15-7 8-4 7-2 8-6 T-2nd William Rohr
    1959-60 11-12 6-5 4-6 8-6 T-3rd William Rohr
    1960-61 10-12 8-4 2-7 6-8 6th William Rohr
    1961-62 8-15 6-6 2-8 3-11 T-9th William Rohr
    1962-63 9-15 5-5 3-8 6-8 7th William Rohr
    1963-64 8-13 7-4 1-7 6-8 T-6th Larry Glass
    1964-65 7-17 2-9 4-5 3-11 9th Larry Glass
    1965-66 12-12 7-3 2-8 7-7 T-5th Larry Glass
    1966-67 11-11 7-3 4-6 7-7 T-5th Larry Glass
    1967-68 13-10 9-0 3-8 8-6 4th Larry Glass
    1968-69 14-10 8-3 4-6 6-8 T-5th Larry Glass, Brad Snyder
  • Glass coached the first 18 games of 1968-69 before resigning. Snyder coached the final 6 games.
  • 1969-70 9-15 5-5 2-6 4-10 9th Brad Snyder
    1970-71 7-17 6-6 1-11 3-11 10th Brad Snyder
    1971-72 5-18 2-7 2-9 3-11 10th Brad Snyder
    1972-73 5-19 4-6 0-12 2-12 10th Brad Snyder
    1973-74 9-15 6-7 2-7 3-11 9th Tex Winter
    1974-75 6-20 6-5 0-13 4-14 T-9th Tex Winter
    1975-76 12-15 7-5 3-9 7-11 T-7th Tex Winter
    1976-77 9-18 4-8 1-9 7-11 T-7th Tex Winter
  • Record reflects overturned results due to subsequent forfeitures by opposing schools for NCAA violations.
  • 1977-78 8-19 5-8 1-10 4-14 T-9th Tex Winter
    1978-79 6-21 2-10 2-11 2-16 10th Rich Falk
    1979-80 10-17 9-7 1-9 5-13 10th Rich Falk
    1980-81 9-18 6-7 1-9 3-15 10th Rich Falk
    1981-82 9-18 7-5 1-10 5-13 9th Rich Falk
  • Record reflects overturned results due to subsequent forfeitures by opposing schools for NCAA violations.
  • 1982-83 18-12 13-2 3-9 8-10 8th Rich Falk
  • Record reflects overturned results due to subsequent forfeitures by opposing schools for NCAA violations.
  • Home games in 1982-83 were played at DePaul’s Alumni Hall due to renovation of McGaw Hall (Welsh-Ryan Arena).
  • NIT Second Round
  • 1983-84 14-14 10-6 3-8 7-11 7th Rich Falk
  • Record reflects overturned results due to subsequent forfeitures by opposing schools for NCAA violations.
  • 1984-85 6-22 5-10 1-12 2-16 10th Rich Falk
    1985-86 8-20 6-9 2-10 2-16 10th Rich Falk
    1986-87 7-21 7-8 0-13 2-16 T-9th Bill Foster
    1987-88 7-21 5-9 1-10 2-16 10th Bill Foster
    1988-89 9-19 6-7 1-10 2-16 10th Bill Foster
    1989-90 9-19 7-8 0-11 2-16 10th Bill Foster
    1990-91 5-23 3-10 0-11 0-18 10th Bill Foster
    1991-92 9 19 8-7 0-12 2-16 10th Bill Foster
    1992-93 8-19 7-6 1-11 3-15 10th Bill Foster
    1993-94 15-14 8-7 5-7 5-13 T-10th Ricky Byrdsong
  • NIT Second Round
  • 1994-95 5-22 4-9 0-13 1-17 11th Ricky Byrdsong
    1995-96 7-20 4-10 2-10 2-16 11th Ricky Byrdsong
    1996-97 7-22 6-10 1-10 2-16 11th Ricky Byrdsong
    1997-98 10-17 10-6 0-10 3-13 9th Kevin O’Neill
    1998-99 15-14 11-6 3-7 6-10 8th Kevin O’Neill
  • NIT First Round
  • 1999–2000 5-25 5-12 0-9 0-16 11th Kevin O’Neill
    2000-01 11-19 8-7 1-10 3-13 11th Bill Carmody
    2001-02 16-13 10-3 3-7 7-9 7th Bill Carmody
    2002-03 12-17 10-7 1-8 3-13 10th Bill Carmody
    2003-04[3] 14-15 10-3 3-9 8-8 T-5th[4] Bill Carmody
    2004-05[5] 15-16 12-4 1-9 6-10 8th[6] Bill Carmody
    2005-06[7] 14-15 9-5 3-8 6-10 T-8th[8] Bill Carmody
    2006-07[9] 13-18 10-8 1-8 2-14 T-10th[10] Bill Carmody
    2007-08[11] 8-22 5-11 3-10 1-17 11th[12] Bill Carmody
    2008-09 17-14 13-4 4-10 8-10 9th Bill Carmody
  • NIT First Round
  • 2009-10 [13] 20-14 15-4 2-9 7-11 7th Bill Carmody
  • NIT First Round
  • National Championship seasons are noted with a # (As named by the Helms Athletic Foundation)

    Sources:[14]

    Coaching history

    Coach Years Record Conference
    Record
    Conference
    Titles
    Tom Holland 1904–1905 2-2 3-6
    Louis Gillesby 1906–1910 4-28 1-13
    Stuart Templeton 1910–1911 3-15 1-12
    Charles Hammett 1911–1912 4-9 0-8
    Dennis Grady 1912–1914 25-10 13-7
    Fred Murphy 1914–1917 28-24 16-18
    Norman Elliott 1917–1918, 1919–1920 10-11 7-9
    Tom Robinson 1918–1919 7-6 6-4
    Ray Elder 1920–1921 2-12 1-11
    Dana Evans 1921–1922 7-11 3-9
    Maury Kent 1922–1927 19-62 11-49
    Arthur Lonborg 1927–1950 236-203 138-141 2
    Harold Olsen 1950–1952 19-25 11-17
    Waldo Fisher 1952–1957 35-65 21-53
    William Rohr 1957–1963 66-70 39-45
    Larry Glass 1963–1969 61-81 33-45
    Brad Snyder 1969–1973 30-71 16-46
    Tex Winter 1973–1978 44-87 25-61
    Rich Falk 1978–1986 80-180 34-110
    Bill Foster 1986–1993 54-141 13-113
    Ricky Byrdsong 1993–1997 34-78 10-62
    Kevin O’Neill 1997–2000 30-56 9-39
    Bill Carmody 2000–Present 120-149 44-104
    Totals 845-1345-1 444-966 2

    Sources:[14]

    All-Time statistical leaders

    Career leaders

    • Points Scored: Billy McKinney (1900, 1974–1977)
    • Assists: Michael Thompson (454, 2007–2011)
    • Rebounds: Evan Eschmeyer (995, 1995–1999)
    • Steals: Patrick Baldwin (272, 1990–1994)
    • Blocks: Kevin Rankin (133, 1990–1994)

    Single-season Leaders

    • Points Scored: John Shurna (619, 2010)
    • Assists: Patrick Baldwin (154, 1994)
    • Rebounds: Jim Pitts (321, 1966)
    • Steals: Patrick Baldwin (90, 1991)
    • Blocks: Jim Pitts (123, 1966)

    Single-game leaders

    • Points Scored: Rich Falk (49, 1964)
    • Assists: Patrick Baldwin (14, 1993)
    • Rebounds: Jim Pitts (29, 1965)
    • Steals: Patrick Baldwin (9, 1991)
    • Blocks: Jim Pitts (10, 1966)

    Source for all statistical leaders:[15]

    All-Americans

    • Joe Reiff (1931, 1933)
    • Otto Graham (1944)
    • Max Morris (1946)
    • Evan Eschmeyer (1999)

    Source:[16]

    References

    1. "Northwestern University History 1900-1949". Archived from the original on 2008-04-24. http://web.archive.org/web/20080424025350/http://www.northwestern.edu/about/history/timeline1949/index.html. Retrieved 2008-06-18. 
    2. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1956_NCAA_Men%27s_Division_I_Basketball_Tournament
    3. "2003-04 Northwestern Men's Basketball Statistics". http://bigten.cstv.com/sports/m-baskbl/stats/2003-2004/nw.html. Retrieved 2008-06-18. 
    4. "2003-04 Big Ten Men's Basketball Statistics". http://bigten.cstv.com/sports/m-baskbl/stats/2003-2004/cumestats.html. Retrieved 2008-06-18. 
    5. "2004-05 Northwestern Men's Basketball Statistics". http://bigten.cstv.com/sports/m-baskbl/stats/2004-2005/nu.html. Retrieved 2008-06-18. 
    6. "2004-2005 Big Ten Conference Standings/Schedules". http://bigten.cstv.com/sports/m-baskbl/stats/2004-2005/confsked.html. Retrieved 2008-06-18. 
    7. "2005-06 Northwestern Men's Basketball Statistics". http://bigten.cstv.com/sports/m-baskbl/stats/2005-2006/nu.html. Retrieved 2008-06-18. 
    8. "2005-2006 Big Ten Conference Standings/Schedules". http://bigten.cstv.com/sports/m-baskbl/stats/2005-2006/confsked.html. Retrieved 2008-06-18. 
    9. "2006-07 Northwestern Men's Basketball Statistics". http://bigten.cstv.com/sports/m-baskbl/stats/2006-2007/nu.html. Retrieved 2008-06-18. 
    10. "2006-2007 Big Ten Conference Standings/Schedules". http://bigten.cstv.com/sports/m-baskbl/stats/2006-2007/confsked.html. Retrieved 2008-06-18. 
    11. "2007-08 Northwestern Men's Basketball Statistics". http://www.bigtennetwork.com/sports/MBASKETBALL/standings.asp. Retrieved 2008-06-18. 
    12. "The Automated ScoreBook: Northwestern". http://bigten.cstv.com/sports/m-baskbl/stats/2007-2008/nu.html. Retrieved 2008-06-18. 
    13. "Northwestern Wildcats". espn.com. http://sports.espn.go.com/ncb/clubhouse?teamId=077. Retrieved 2009-03-21. 
    14. 14.0 14.1 "Year-by-Year Summary" (pdf). http://grfx.cstv.com/photos/schools/nw/sports/m-baskbl/auto_pdf/yr-by-yr.pdf. Retrieved 2008-06-18. 
    15. "Individual Records" (pdf). http://grfx.cstv.com/photos/schools/nw/sports/m-baskbl/auto_pdf/all-time-roster.pdf. Retrieved 2008-06-18. 
    16. "Individual Records" (pdf). http://grfx.cstv.com/photos/schools/nw/sports/m-baskbl/auto_pdf/indiv-awards.pdf. Retrieved 2008-06-18. 


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