The NCAA Tournament that most people are talking about right now will not feature the Northwestern Wildcats for the 77th consecutive year. But fear not, Wildcat fans, because the women's team is going dancing! Selection Monday is here, and the Wildcats will learn their postseason fate tonight. If you haven't heard much about this team, there are several reasons why you should tune in to see where Coach Joe McKeown's squad is headed.
First, these Wildcats have played great basketball recently. Since Feb. 1, they've only lost to one team (powerhouse Maryland twice) and are 9-2 over that span. They finished at 23-8, good for fourth in the Big Ten. This bunch is also incredibly balanced: Nia Coffey leads the team at 15.7 ppg, but Maggie Lyon (14.1), Lauren Douglas (10.4) and Ashley Deary (10.0) also average double digit points. Alex Cohen (9.9) and Christen Inman (8.6) are not far behind. Overall, the team plays an exciting brand of basketball that features lots of up-and-down action and lots of points (72.3 per game- fourth in the Big Ten and 42nd in the nation).
McKeown and his team will gather around the television on Monday night to see where they will head off to for their first round matchup. We'll be right there with them, and we'll bring you full coverage of the selection show as it happens.
You'll want to be following along with them, and with us. Here are all the details:
How to Watch
Time: 6 p.m. CT
Online/Mobile: WatchESPN (provider needed)
Charlie Creme of ESPN has Northwestern as a 7-seed in the Oklahoma City region in his latest Bracketology. Real Time RPI, however, has NU as a 6-seed, also in the Oklahoma City region. College Sports Madness has them as a 10-seed.
Check back as showtime nears for a discussion thread, video of the team's reaction, and analysis of Northwestern's first round matchup.