UPDATE: There was one lead change in the entire game, and unfortunately for the Wildcats, it came with 11 seconds left, when Indiana scored the go-ahead basket to win, 66-65. NU's offense, so hot in the first half, got the Wildcats out to a 41-35 halftime lead, but went cold in the second half, as the Wildcats shot just 34.6%.
With the loss, Northwestern finishes the season at 17-16. Onward and upward, as they say. The team will return all five starters and its top two players off the bench, plus welcome another solid recruiting class, so this is a program that should hopefully take another step forward next year.
I know we're all in a tizzy about the NU football team becoming USW Local 1803, but there's basketball of the postseason variety to be played tonight involving Northwestern!
The Wildcats have made it to the third round of the WNIT, which means that NU is one of the top 32 Division 1 teams still active! After pulling out a 69-65 win against Ball State in the first round and then blowing out IUPUI in the second round, 88-52, NU heads to Bloomington to take on fellow Big Ten foe Indiana.
The Wildcats beat Indiana during the regular season, 58-52, so even though this game is on the road, NU ought to be favored here, despite the Hoosiers having a gaudy 20-12 record compared to NU's 17-15. The Wildcats and Hoosiers tied for eighth place in the Big Ten, going 5-11 in conference play, and both were eliminated in the first round of the Big Ten tournament.
Point guard Ashley Deary needs just three assists to become the first NU freshman to finish a season with 200+ assists.
Tip off is at 6 p.m. CT, but the game isn't being televised or streamed anywhere, as far as I can tell.
Winner moves on to face the winner of Minnesota-South Dakota St. The full bracket is here.