‘We’ve been waiting for this for a long time’

Fans in Welsh-Ryan Arena await the announcement that the Northwestern men's basketball team qualified for the NCAA tournament

By Elan Kane Lynn Hull made sure to get to Welsh-Ryan Arena early Sunday to get good seats. She wanted to enjoy the hoopla surrounding the announcement that the Northwestern men’s basketball team had made its first NCAA basketball tournament in school history. When she went to find a seat, though, she was directed towards the […]

Hey, Wildcats, may we have this dance?

By Astasia Williams For the Northwestern men’s basketball team, it had been seven decades of being a bridesmaid. On Sunday afternoon, the Wildcats finally became the bride. March Madness was born in Evanston, Illinois, but the last time Northwestern University was associated with the NCAA Tournament was in 1939 when it hosted the first Final […]

Northwestern’s dance with basketball history

Northwestern men's basketball practice

By Mark Singer Standing in the same arena of his final high school game some 25 years ago,  Chris Collins can’t help but smile when he considers the success of his current team. The rollicking atmosphere at Welsh-Ryan Arena these days, unthinkable until a few months ago, brings the Northwestern coach back to 1992 when […]

Northwestern fans tiptoe toward March Madness

Northwestern fans

By Devin Emory The ghost of seasons past is ever-lingering in the minds of Northwestern students as they are dubiously excited about what their eyes are seeing. The Wildcats really are good. They actually have a high-percentage chance of making the NCAA tournament and punching their ticket to postseason relevancy. “We’re really excited, but we […]

A hoops homecoming: a former Niles North star to play in the Sweet 16

By Adam Rossow If Iowa State forward Abdel Nader feels nervous coming home for the Sweet 16, he masterfully hid it Thursday afternoon at the United Center. In the first few minutes of practice, Abdel (pronounced Ab-DOOL) poked a ball away from a teammate, dribbled it simultaneously with the ball in his other hand, before […]