|All-time record||1088–1520–1 (.417)|
|Head coach||Chris Collins (6th season)|
|Arena||Welsh-Ryan Arena |
|Colors||Purple and White|
|Pre-tournament Premo-Porretta Champions|
|Pre-tournament Helms Champions|
|NCAA Tournament Round of 32|
|NCAA Tournament Appearances|
|Conference Regular Season Champions|
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. As of 2018[update] 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. The Wildcats have won two Big Ten conference championships (1931 and 1933).
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, 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. 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. 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. Northwestern won their first Tournament game, defeating Vanderbilt 68–66. The Wildcats lost in the Second Round, due in part to a controversial no-call of a goal tend, to No. 1-seeded Gonzaga.
|Thomas Holland (Western Conference) (1904–1905)|
|Thomas Holland:||2–2 (.500)||0–0 (–)|
|Louis Gillesby (Western Conference) (1906–1910)|
|Louis Gillesby:||4–28 (.125)||1–13 (.071)|
|Stuart Templeton (Western Conference) (1910–1911)|
|Stuart Templeton:||3–15 (.167)||1–12 (.077)|
|Charles Hammett (Western Conference) (1911–1912)|
|Charles Hammett:||4–9 (.308)||0–8 (.000)|
|Dennis Grady (Western Conference) (1912–1914)|
|Dennis Grady:||25–10 (.714)||13–7 (.650)|
|Fred Murphy (Western Conference) (1914–1917)|
|Fred Murphy:||28–24 (.538)||16–18 (.471)|
|Norman Elliott (Western Conference) (1917–1918)|
|Thomas Robinson (Western Conference) (1918–1919)|
|Thomas Robinson:||6–6 (.500)||6–4 (.600)|
|Norman Elliott (Western Conference) (1919–1920)|
|Norman Elliott:||10–11 (.476)||7–9 (.438)|
|Ray Elder (Western Conference) (1920–1921)|
|Ray Elder:||2–12 (.143)||1–11 (.083)|
|Dana Evans (Western Conference) (1921–1922)|
|Dana Evans:||7–11 (.389)||3–9 (.250)|
|Maury Kent (Western Conference) (1922–1927)|
|Maury Kent:||19–62 (.235)||11–49 (.183)|
|Arthur "Dutch" Lonborg (Western Conference) (1927–1950)|
|1927–28||Arthur "Dutch" Lonborg||12–5||9–3||T-3rd|
|1930–31||Arthur Lonborg||16–1||11–1||1st||Helms National Champion,|
Premo-Porretta National Champion
|Arthur "Dutch" Lonborg:||236–203–1 (.538)||138–141 (.495)|
|Harold Olsen (Western Conference) (1950–1952)|
|Harold Olsen:||19–25 (.432)||11–17 (.393)|
|Waldo Fisher (Western Conference) (1952–1953)|
|Waldo Fisher (Big Ten Conference) (1953–1957)|
|Waldo Fisher:||35–75 (.318)||21–53 (.284)|
|William Rohr (Big Ten Conference) (1957–1963)|
|William Rohr:||66–70 (.485)||39–45 (.464)|
|Larry Glass (Big Ten Conference) (1963–1969)|
|1968–69||Larry Glass/Brad Snyder||14–10†||6–8||T-5th|
|Larry Glass:||61–71 (.462)||33–45 (.423)|
|Brad Snyder (Big Ten Conference) (1969–1973)|
|Brad Snyder:||30–71 (.297)||16–46 (.258)|
|Tex Winter (Big Ten Conference) (1973–1978)|
|Tex Winter:||42–89 (.321)||25–61 (.291)|
|Rich Falk (Big Ten Conference) (1978–1986)|
|1982–83||Rich Falk||18–12||8–10||8th||NIT Second Round|
|Rich Falk:||77–144 (.348)||32–112 (.222)|
|Bill Foster (Big Ten Conference) (1986–1993)|
|Bill Foster:||54–141 (.277)||13–113 (.103)|
|Ricky Byrdsong (Big Ten Conference) (1993–1997)|
|1993–94||Ricky Byrdsong||15–14||5–13||T-10th||NIT Second Round|
|Ricky Byrdsong:||34–78 (.304)||10–62 (.139)|
|Kevin O'Neill (Big Ten Conference) (1997–2000)|
|1998–99||Kevin O'Neill||15–14||6–10||8th||NIT First Round|
|Kevin O'Neill:||30–56 (.349)||19–39 (.328)|
|Bill Carmody (Big Ten Conference) (2000–2013)|
|2008–09||Bill Carmody||17–14||8–10||9th||NIT First Round|
|2009–10||Bill Carmody||20–14||7–11||T-7th||NIT First Round|
|2010–11||Bill Carmody||20–14||7–11||8th||NIT Quarterfinals|
|2011–12||Bill Carmody||19–14||8–10||T-7th||NIT Second Round|
|Bill Carmody:||192–210 (.478)||70–150 (.318)|
|Chris Collins (Big Ten Conference) (2013–Current)|
|2016–17||Chris Collins||24–12||10–8||T-5th||NCAA Second Round|
|Chris Collins:||101–96 (.513)||40–70 (.364)|
Postseason invitational champion
*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. 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.
|Norman Elliott||1917–1918, 1919–1920||10–11||7–9|
|Totals||1088–1520–1 (.417)||526–967 (.352)||2|
NCAA Division I tournament results
The Wildcats have appeared in the NCAA Tournament once. Their record is 1–1.
|2017||No. 8||First Round
|No. 9 Vanderbilt
No. 1 Gonzaga
The Wildcats have appeared in the National Invitation Tournament (NIT) seven times. Their combined record is 5–7.
|1999||First Round||DePaul||L 64–69|
|2009||First Round||Tulsa||L 59–68|
|2010||First Round||Rhode Island||L 64–76|
L 66–69 OT
All-time statistical leaders
- Points Scored: Jabari-Brima Humphruy Samu(2,038, 2014-2018)
- Assists: Jabari-Brima Humphruy Samu(541, 2014–2018)
- Rebounds: Evan Eschmeyer (995, 1995–1999)
- Steals: Pat Baldwin (272, 1990–1994)
- Blocks: Alexandru Olah (169, 2013–2016)
- 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)
- 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:
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