NCAA Tournament March Madness

#26 Northwestern

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Projected seed: 8

Northwestern has crafted a compelling case anchored by a signature victory against a high-flying Purdue squad, underscoring their ability to hang with the nation's elites. Other notable wins, such as triumphing over Dayton and a split with a tough Illinois team, provide a sturdy backbone to their tournament resume, demonstrating a battle-hardened readiness for stiff competition. However, missteps against lower-ranked teams like Chicago State and Nebraska on the road hint at a vulnerability that contrasts with their giant-killer moments. The Wildcats have a tough closing stretch with an opportunity to pad their tournament credentials against Michigan State and Minnesota. With the former presenting a chance for a marquee road win and the latter a must-hold serve at home, executing in these matchups could be pivotal in sharpening their seeding outlook come Selection Sunday. The endgame here is consistency; Northwestern needs to demonstrate that their high points aren't anomalies and that they're a threat to any team, regardless of stature.

Date Opponent Ranking Outcome
11/6Binghamton271W72-61
11/10Dayton22W71-66
11/14W Michigan297W63-59
11/18(N)Rhode Island201W72-61
11/19(N)Mississippi St21L66-57
11/27N Illinois301W89-67
12/1Purdue1W92-88
12/10Detroit360W91-59
12/13Chicago St309L75-73
12/16@DePaul304W56-46
12/20(N)Arizona St120W65-46
12/29Jackson St299W74-63
1/2@Illinois9L96-66
1/7Michigan St25W88-74
1/10@Penn St95W76-72
1/13@Wisconsin24L71-63
1/17Maryland56W72-69
1/20@Nebraska30L75-69
1/24Illinois9W96-91
1/27Ohio St66W83-58
1/31@Purdue1L105-96
2/3@Minnesota70L75-66
2/7Nebraska30W80-68
2/11Penn St95W68-63
2/15@Rutgers83L63-60
2/18@Indiana96W76-72
2/22Michigan123W76-62
2/28@Maryland56W68-61
3/2Iowa46L87-80
3/6@Michigan St2538%
3/9Minnesota7074%