EVANSTON, Ill. (AP) — With Kaleb Wesson out serving a suspension, Dererk Pardon took full advantage.
Pardon had 20 points and 13 rebounds as Northwestern snapped a 10-game losing streak with...
Fernando helps No. 21 Maryland past Northwestern 70-52
COLLEGE PARK, Md. (AP) — In the wake of two straight lopsided defeats, Maryland coach Mark Turgeon was so upset he couldn't eat.
Though Northwestern coach Chris Collins was unaware of that development, he sure knew what to expect from the Terrapins on Tuesday night.
"We knew we were going to face a hungry team," Collins said after No. 21 Maryland snapped its first skid of the season with a 70-52 rout.
Happ’s triple-double leads Wisconsin past Northwestern
MADISON, Wis. (AP) — D'Mitrik Trice knows when opponents double team Ethan Happ in the post, it creates opportunities for the Badgers on the perimeter.
Saturday was an example of what happens when Happ finds open teammates and they're sharp from outside.
Falzon scores 21, Northwestern beats Indiana 73-66
EVANSTON, Ill. (AP) — Chris Collins kept imploring Aaron Falzon to be patient and insisted the opportunity would come. This is what Falzon did when he finally got his chance.
Falzon scored a career-high 21 points and matched one with six 3-pointers to lead Northwestern to a 73-66 victory over struggling Indiana on Tuesday night.
Falzon scored 20 points two times during a promising 2015-16 freshman season. Since then, he's been slowed by injuries, even redshirting a year.
Law hit go-ahead basket as Northwestern holds off Rutgers
PISCATAWAY, N.J. (AP) — After sitting out a game with a knee injury and spending most of the night shaking off the rust, senior Vic Law delivered for Northwestern with the game on the line against Rutgers.
Law shook off a dismal shooting night to hit a go-ahead drive with 4:25 to play and Northwestern held off Rutgers 65-57 on Friday night after twice blowing 10-point seconds-half leads.
Northwestern shrugs off slow start, beats Columbia 75-54
EVANSTON, Ill. (AP) — At first glance, Northwestern's game with Columbia on Sunday appeared little more than a tuneup following a nine-day layoff.
Coach Chris Collins, though, had no such expectations.
Vic Law had 21 points, five rebounds and five assists, Ryan Taylor also scored 21 and Northwestern overcame a sluggish start for a 75-54 victory over Columbia.
Dererk Pardon had 12 points and 10 rebounds despite first-half foul trouble for Northwestern, which has won three of four.
Northwestern rallies from 15 points down, beats DePaul 75-68
EVANSTON, Ill. (AP) — Trailing by 15 points with less than 10 minutes to go, Northwestern appeared headed for a third straight loss.
The players, though, weren't ready to accept that fate.
Vic Law had 25 points, A.J. Turner added a career-high 24 and the Wildcats used a run of 25 straight points to rally for a 75-68 victory over DePaul on Saturday.
Dererk Pardon had 10 points and eight rebounds as the Wildcats (7-3) snapped a two-game losing streak.
Northwestern leads big, holds on against Georgia Tech 67-61
EVANSTON, Ill. (AP) — Although Northwestern limped to the finish line on Wednesday night, coach Chris Collins preferred to focus on the positive.
A win is a win.
Ryan Taylor had 20 points, Vic Law added 14 and nine rebounds and Northwestern survived a second-half offensive drought to hang on for a 67-61 victory over Georgia Tech in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge.
Dererk Pardon had 12 points and 10 rebounds as the Wildcats (6-1) won their third straight.
Law, Turner lead Northwestern past Binghamton 82-54
EVANSTON, Ill. (AP) — A.J. Turner had to sit out a season after transferring from Boston College to Northwestern in 2017. On Friday night, he showed he was the player Northwestern expected him to be.
Turner and Vic Law combined to score 27 points to lead Northwestern to its third win this season, 82-54 win over Binghamton at Welsh-Ryan Arena on Friday night.
Pardon goes inside, powers Northwestern past American, 63-51
EVANSTON, Ill. (AP) — Derek Pardon's double-double helped Northwestern find its inside game and the Wildcats rolled to a 63-51 win over American University on Monday night.
After Thursday night's win over New Orleans, Northwestern coach Chris Collins said he wanted to get Pardon the ball more often. The Wildcats' did just that, and Pardon delivered 18 rebounds and 13 points.
Law, Taylor help Northwestern beat New Orleans 82-52
EVANSTON, Ill. (AP) — Northwestern turned to its most seasoned players in an 82-52 win over New Orleans on Thursday night.
Victor Law had 18 points, six rebounds and five assists. The redshirt senior, who was a key part of Northwestern's run to the NCAA tournament in 2017, passed 1,000 career points early in the game, becoming the 36th player in program history to top the plateau.
Ryan Taylor, a graduate transfer from Evansville, added 20 points, including six 3-pointers.
Northwestern Preview Capsule
Last season: 15-17
Coach: Chris Collins
Conference: Big Ten
Who's gone: Point guard Bryant McIntosh, guard Scottie Lindsey, forward Gavin Skelly.
Huerter scores 22 to help Maryland beat Northwestern 73-57
COLLEGE PARK, Md. (AP) — Sometimes, an uplifting victory can become the turning point of a trying season.
Maryland can only hope that its 73-57 rout of Northwestern on Saturday will turn out to be that kind of game.
Kevin Huerter scored 22 points, Anthony Cowan Jr. added 16 and the Terrapins (17-10, 6-8 Big Ten) never trailed in a slump-breaking performance before 16,164 rowdy fans.
Maryland had lost six of eight before coming up with its most lopsided Big Ten win of the season.
McIntosh scores 24, Northwestern beats No. 20 Michigan 61-52
ROSEMONT, Ill. (AP) — Maybe it was too soon to write off Northwestern.
The Wildcats finally appear to be finding the rhythm that had them dancing all the way to the NCAA tournament for the first time last year.
Bryant McIntosh tied a season high with 24 points, and Northwestern beat No. 20 Michigan 61-52 on Tuesday night.
Northwestern rides hot start to beat Wisconsin 60-52
MADISON, Wis. (AP) — A switch to a zone defense may be just what Northwestern needed to get going in Big Ten play.
At the least, the zone has given the Wildcats a spark during a tough road stretch.
Derek Pardon scored 17 points on 8-of-8 shooting, and Northwestern rode a game-opening 18-1 run to beat Wisconsin 60-52 on Thursday night.
Northwestern rallies past Minnesota 77-69 for season sweep
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The storm in Minnesota that dropped more than a foot of snow on campus kept Northwestern from traveling the night before the game.
The well-rested Wildcats arrived about eight hours before tipoff and wore down the banged-up Gophers with a seasoned, spirited rally.
Bryant McIntosh and Vic Law scored 18 points apiece for Northwestern, leading the comeback Tuesday from a 10-point deficit to beat reeling Minnesota 77-69.
Stevens sets BJC record in win over Northwestern
UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. (AP) — On a night where Penn State's guards deferred to their bigs, Nittany Lions forwards Lamar Stevens and Mike Watkins were too much for Northwestern to handle.
Stevens set a Bryce Jordan Center record with 14 field goals and scored 16 of his career-high 30 points in the first half and Watkins had 18 points and 17 rebounds for his fifth double-double of the season as Penn State beat Northwestern 78-63 on Friday night.
Pardon scores 18 as Northwestern routs Brown 95-73
ROSEMONT, Ill. (AP) — Bryant McIntosh went down with a left knee injury, and Northwestern fell behind Brown by seven points.
The Wildcats opted not to panic. Without their senior point guard, they turned to other weapons.
Dererk Pardon scored 18 points to lead Northwestern to a 95-73 victory over Brown on Saturday.
Freshman Trae Young doing it all for No. 17 Oklahoma
NORMAN, Okla. (AP) — Trae Young is picking up admirers with every dynamic performance for No. 17 Oklahoma.
Check out this testimonial from Northwestern coach Chris Collins.
McIntosh regains form as Northwestern routs Lewis 85-48
ROSEMONT, Ill. (AP) — On the court and from the bench, Northwestern players appeared to be calling out Lewis' offensive plays at the outset.
It took the Wildcats more than four minutes to hit a shot from the field on Tuesday, but not because they were taking their Division II opponent lightly.
Bryant McIntosh had 24 points and seven assists as Northwestern shook off a slow start to run away with an 85-48 victory over Lewis.
Lindsey scores 25 to lead Northwestern over DePaul 62-60
CHICAGO (AP) — Northwestern reached the NCAA Tournament for the first time in school history last season and won memorable games along the way.
Yet coach Chris Collins described his team's 62-60 win over DePaul on Saturday as one of his more gratifying victories based on obstacles the Wildcats had to overcome.
Vic Law, already battling an illness, missed nearly half the game due to a head injury. The Wildcats battled foul problems, and Bryant McIntosh shot 2 for 17.
Northwestern hot 3-point shooting buries Valparaiso 84-50
ROSEMONT, Ill. (AP) — Northwestern has rediscovered its winning ways and everyone seems convinced Texas Tech provided the necessary motivation.
Coming off the school's first-ever NCAA Tournament appearance and a preseason top-25 ranking, the Wildcats may have fallen a little too in love with themselves early in the season. But their joyride ended with a 36-point loss to Texas Tech at the Basketball Hall of Fame Tip-Off on Nov. 19.
Northwestern sets records with 55-8 1st half, 96-31 victory
ROSEMONT, Ill. (AP) — Northwestern may want to petition to take another full week off in the future.
Vic Law scored 18 points and the Wildcats followed a seven-day layoff with the largest margin of victory in program history, beating Chicago State 96-31 on Monday night.
Northwestern pulls away for an 81-50 win over Sacred Heart
ROSEMONT, Ill. (AP) — Scottie Lindsey had 19 points, six rebounds and four assists, Vic Law added 15 points and Northwestern used a strong second half to pull away for an 81-50 victory over Sacred Heart on Friday night.
Derek Pardon had 11 points and six rebounds and Gavin Skelly had 10 points.
Northwestern (4-2) won comfortably despite shooting 9 of 27 on 3-pointers in the game. Bryant McIntosh (nine points) was just 1 for 5 on 3-pointers.
McIntosh, No. 20 Northwestern top Saint Peter’s 75-66
ROSEMONT, Ill. (AP) — Northwestern coach Chris Collins is looking for more communication on defense. He wants to see his team take better care of the ball, and he is searching for more production from his reserves.
The Wildcats have been good enough so far. That won't be good enough in their next game.
Bryant McIntosh scored 10 of his 17 points in the second half, and No. 20 Northwestern held off Saint Peter's for a 75-66 victory on Monday night.
No. 19 Northwestern signs 4 recruits to letters of intent
EVANSTON, Ill. (AP) — No. 19 Northwestern has signed four recruits to letters of intent.
Houston Christian forward Miller Kopp and Akron Revere forward Pete Nance are considered top 100 prospects by several recruiting services. With Grandview (Missouri) guard Jordan Lathon and Bethlehem (Pennsylvania) Catholic center Ryan Young also signing, Northwestern so far has what some services consider a top 20 class.
Northwestern Preview Capsule
Last season: 24-12, lost to Gonzaga in NCAA round of 32.
Northwestern looks to build on first run to NCAA tournament
EVANSTON, Ill. (AP) — Finally free of that NCAA Tournament albatross, Northwestern comes into the season with something else hovering over the team.
That would be high expectations.
"It's something that we've never encountered and we're excited to see how we'll handle that attention," star guard Bryant McIntosh said.
New York — Northwestern had a breakthrough season in 2016-17, reaching the NCAA Tournament for the first time in program history.
In August, it broke through in another area as the shovels hit the ground in a $110 million renovation to Welsh-Ryan Arena. That construction has forced a temporary move for the Wildcats, who will play the upcoming season at Allstate Arena in nearby Rosemont.
MILWAUKEE (AP) — New Wisconsin-Milwaukee coach Patrick Baldwin is thankful for his time as an assistant coach at Northwestern.
Baldwin was formally introduced on Thursday as Milwaukee's next head coach. Baldwin spent the last four seasons at his alma mater, Northwestern, where he assisted coach Chris Collins.
Baldwin teared up when talking about his time at Northwestern, and how Collins served as a mentor. Northwestern made its first NCAA tournament appearance this past season.
EVANSTON, Ill. (AP) — Northwestern locked up its homegrown football and basketball coaches for the long term.
Football coach Pat Fitzgerald signed a new contract that runs through the 2026 season. Basketball coach Chris Collins' contract was extended through the 2024-25 season. Both are Chicago-area natives.
AP source: Northwestern extending Fitzgerald, Collins
Northwestern has agreed to a new contract with football coach Pat Fitzgerald that runs through the 2026 season, according to two people with direct knowledge of the deal.
Gonzaga’s Mark Few wins AP coach of the year
GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) — Mark Few, who led Gonzaga to a 36-1 record, is The Associated Press' Coach of the Year.
Few has taken the Zags to the NCAA Tournament in all 18 of his seasons there. He was a runaway winner Thursday receiving 31 votes from the same 65-member media panel that selects the weekly Top 25.
Sean Miller of Arizona received 8 votes, Chris Collins of Northwestern had 7 and SMU's Tim Jankovich got 6.
SEATTLE (AP) — Mike Hopkins watched the NCAA Tournament tinged with the slightest bit of jealousy. He saw coaches he had come to know — Chris Collins at Northwestern specifically — who had left behind stable careers as an assistant coach and took the leap to being a head coach.
SALT LAKE CITY – Gonzaga won 79-73 on Saturday and the big controversy was about a goaltending no call that ended up yielding a four-point swing toward the Bulldogs when Northwestern coach Chris Collins was called for a technical foul for yelling at the officials.
But there was another big moment late in the second half of Saturday’s game, and if GU had lost it might have been as memorable.
The Latest on Day 3 of the NCAA Tournament (all times Eastern):
It took three days for the NCAA Tournament to produce a major upset.
It was a stunner that busted a ton of brackets.
Villanova, the defending national champion and the top overall seed, was upended by eighth-seeded Wisconsin 65-62.
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Chris Collins was right. It was goal-tending all the way.
The Northwestern coach was also wrong. At the worst time possible.
After not getting the call, Collins stomped onto the court and drew a technical foul with 4:54 left in Saturday's game, sucking life out of a frenetic comeback that fell short in a 79-73 loss to top-seeded Gonzaga.
SALT LAKE CITY – When asked to compare Gonzaga’s Przemek Karnowki and a player of similarly sizable stature from the Big Ten, Northwestern forward Derek Pardon described Karnowski as “heavyset.”
Pardon Pardon for his lack of tact, but he really was not trying to be rude. He simply knows of what he speaks. After all, the 6-foot-8, 235-pound Wildcats big man has some experience in this arena.
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — No. 8 seed Northwestern (23-11) vs. No. 9 seed Vanderbilt (19-15)
First round, West region; Salt Lake City; 4:30 p.m. EDT
BOTTOM LINE: After more than 100 years of basketball, Northwestern finally made it. Led by Vic Law and a group of believers in coach Chris Collins' vision, the Wildcats are making their first NCAA Tournament appearance.
Villanova gets top seed in NCAA Tournament; Syracuse out
For pure drama, best wait 'til the shots start flying.
For sheer excitement, Selection Sunday belonged to Northwestern.
It seems Big Ten Conference men’s basketball is still smarting from that slap in the face the NCAA tournament selection committee gave it a few weeks back.
When the committee allowed its first-ever sneak peek at the top 16 seeds on Feb. 11, the Big Ten didn’t place a single team on the top four seed lines. At the time, the conference was generating so little respect it looked like it might end up with only five NCAA tournament bids.
MILWAUKEE (AP) — The Duke coaching tree is blossoming in the Midwest.
Marquette coach Steve Wojciechowski and Northwestern counterpart Chris Collins share a bond that dates back to their days at Duke as point guards and assistants under Mike Krzyzewski.
Now the close friends are leading programs on the rise at schools separated by an 80-mile drive on Interstate 94.
EVANSTON, Ill. (AP) — Moments like this were exactly what coach Chris Collins envisioned for Northwestern and just what he sold his players on when he was making his recruiting pitch.
A packed crowd roaring from the opening tip. A raucous celebration after a spectacular, buzzer-beating play. And another big step toward an NCAA Tournament for a program still trying to get there.
In 4th season, Collins has Northwestern poised for 1st NCAA
EVANSTON, Ill. (AP) — Chris Collins recalled playing a state tournament game in a sold out arena at Northwestern when he was a star at Glenbrook North High School.
The atmosphere was off the charts.
"It was so loud and it was an amazing environment," he said Tuesday. "That's what I envisioned for this place to become."
Collins no longer has to use his imagination. Big things are happening at Northwestern, the school that hosted the first Final Four but still hasn't been to the NCAA Tournament.
Northwestern secures big win, beats No. 7 Wisconsin 66-59
MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The Northwestern Wildcats were dancing on the sideline before the second half started. They were downright giddy by the end of the game, stomping off the Kohl Center court.
In beating No. 7 Wisconsin 66-59 on Sunday, Northwestern secured an important win for the school's bid to make its first-ever NCAA Tournament.
Northwestern looks to get back on track with Wisconsin next
A look at things to watch this week in the Big Ten:
McIntosh, Northwestern top Indiana 68-55
EVANSTON, Ill. (AP) — No nerves for Bryant McIntosh this time around. Just a solid all-around performance against his family's other favorite team.
McIntosh had 21 points and eight assists, Sanjay Lumpkin scored 15 points and surging Northwestern beat Indiana 68-55 on Sunday.
"Just really proud of McIntosh," coach Chris Collins said. "I thought he controlled the game."
Lindsey, Northwestern roll to easy win over Iowa
EVANSTON, Ill. (AP) — Northwestern has found much of its success this season behind strong guard play and stout defense.
Both of those elements were at their absolute peak on Sunday, as Scottie Lindsey scored 22, Bryant McIntosh had 20 and the Wildcats dominated both ends of the court in a convincing 89-54 win over Iowa.
Law scores 23 points in Northwestern’s win over Rutgers
PISCATAWAY, N.J. (AP) — In a game featuring a program reaping the benefits of a rebuild against a program resetting after hitting rock bottom, it was a tale of two halves.
Vic Law scored a game-high 21 points while Scottie Lindsey added 14 and Isiah Brown came off the bench to score 11 to lead Northwestern past Rutgers 69-60 on Thursday night.