EVANSTON, Ill. — Northwestern men’s basketball is dancing its way to Sacramento.
The Wildcats were announced as the no. 7 seed in the West Region of Sunday’s NCAA Tournament, marking Northwestern’s second NCAA Tournament appearance in program history.
The Wildcats (21-11, 12-8) will take over the No. 10th-seeded Boise State (24-9, 13-5) in Thursday’s first round, with a chance to advance and play the winner of the no. 2 UCLA vs. no. 15 UNC Asheville.
The 2022-2023 college basketball season was one to remember for Northwestern as they rewrote the record books and cleaned house at the Big Ten awards ceremony.
The Wildcats currently have the second-most wins in a single season in program history (21), in addition to setting the program’s single-season record for most conference wins (12) — good for second in the conference — which was the most Northwestern in the Big Ten since the 1958-59 season.
Individually, coach Chris Collins took home Big Ten Coach of the Year honors at quarterback Chase Audige along with the Rutgers guard, was named Co-Defensive Player of the Year Caleb McConnell.
Wildcats assistant coach Chris Lowery also won top honors as the Big Ten’s top assistant coach, earning his first Howard Moore Assistant Coach of the Year award.
Playing Boo Boo was also named first-team All-Big Ten by the media, the first time a Northwestern basketball player has been named first-team All-Big Ten since John Shurna in 2011-12. Audige was also named second team All-Big Ten by the coaches.
Tip-off between the Wildcats and Broncos is scheduled for 6:35 PM CST Thursday on TruTV.
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