We used to be in there, now we’re out here
In: NCAA hoops16 Mar 2012
The NIT is a funny thing. Completely obliterated by the shadow of the gargantuan NCAA tournament occurring at the same time, the once-proud tournament shuffles along quietly, the lone excuse given is that it allows teams to get extra practices and games in to help with next season. For the players, however, the NIT is [...]
The Northwestern basketball program, which has been stuck in purgatory for its entire existence – people still don’t believe me when I tell them the Wildcats have NEVER made the NCAA tournament – is setting about rebranding itself by putting a new court on the floor at Welsh-Ryan Arena. For most teams, this is a [...]
It’s safe to say that no one really gets excited about the NIT, the red-headed stepchild of the NCAA tournament, but in this case, the powers that be at OTPB do have something on the line in the second-class tourney. Wednesday it will be a battle of the alma maters as Northwestern (yours truly) takes [...]
Dear Northwestern, Elliott Smith, Class of 1997 here, making a small request as my beloved alma mater wraps up another disappointing basketball season for about the 70th year in a row. Sure, we played well against Ohio State, but that and $2.49 might get you a coffee at Starbucks. You know how you call me [...]
Eager to rake in more money and boost the revenue of their fledgling TV channel, the Big Ten Conference is ready to expand. Fine, that makes sense in today’s bloated college football landscape. But they’ve been going about it like a dog in heat, dry humping any school in sight without regard to whether the [...]
Hello. We’re the Northwestern University basketball program. You may not have heard of us, which is understandable. You see, we’re the only major conference program that has never qualified for the NCAA Tournament. Yes, we know it sounds unbelievable. But we really suck at basketball. We’ve never won 20 games. We haven’t finished fourth or higher in the Big Ten since 1968. We’ve only made the NIT three times. We are routinely the visitor at our own arena.
But this year is different! We’ve actually, you know, won some games, and we’re begging … no, pleading with you to throw a bone and invite us to the Big Dance.
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